It was the former home of James Craig once called Craig’s Castle.
Three generations of Craigs lived there with John Craig being the original settler emigrating from Northern Ireland.
It sits adjacent to the little hamlet of Prospect on the Richmond Franktown Road.
It once had a duck pond, beautiful gardens and a windmill
In 1965 the farm was bought and was owned in by Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Armstrong and they raised Black Angus cattle and did extensive restorations to the home.
There was an upstairs centre suicide door- A “suicide door” is the slang term for a door hinged at its rear rather than the front. Such doors were also originally used on horse-drawn carriages.
The central hallway has a curving stairwell.
Originally the house had two bedrooms over the large downstairs that were intended only for the hired hands.
Originally in the 1830s there was a small log home on the property which is the first house he and his Irish bride lived in. It was almost swallowed up by a dense forest.
A few years later the Craig’s daughter, Maria, married William Henry Leach who bought the farm and lived on it after her father died. They left the property to their son William J. Leach.
The family dog ran the churning machine on a treadmill. Being reluctant to earn his keep the dog kept running away on churning days and hid in the woods. As a result he was put in the basement until his services were needed and his paw marks could still be seen at one time where he attempted to escape. (author’s note- that poor dog)