The Laban Capron House in summer
The Laban Capron House

The Laban Capron House is a center-chimney post-and-beam Colonial house in the New England style. Built circa 1795, it’s the oldest-surviving property in the “Nine Partners” settlement, now known as Harford. The house is being offered for sale through Mooney Realty (Tel: 570-278-2222).

Nine Partners was founded in 1790 when a group of nine men from Attleborough, Massachusetts emigrated into the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania. Laban Capron became the first addition to this settlement in the spring of 1794 and he built this frame house to accommodate his family.

The Laban Capron House in winter
The Laban Capron House in Winter

Like all the frame houses in the settlement, the Laban Capron House was constructed on the “Attleborough plan” with two stories and narrow eaves, recalling the New England homes the settlers left behind. The virgin forest in the area had an abundance of beech, maple, and pine, and was of great value in building.

The Laban Capron House was built at the southwestern end of the settlement, on a lot originally set aside for common use. It sat close to the Beaver Meadow, at the junction of the paths now known as Jeffers Road and Nine Partners Road.

View over the mist-filled Beaver Meadow with the Endless Mountains beyond
View over Beaver Meadow and the Endless Mountains

After many changes of ownership, the property was acquired in 1939 by Jeffers Farms. In 1978, they sold the house, but not the surrounding land, to Dr and Mrs Weigel.

View to the North
View to the North

A 24-acre tract of land was chosen overlooking the valley in which the house stood, and the Weigels constructed a walk-out basement as a new foundation for the building. Many remember the day when the Laban Capron House was moved the quarter-mile up the hill to its new site in the meadows and woods where it now stands.

The Weigels’ restoration showcases the 18th century features of the house, including the original wide-board maple flooring and wainscoting, and the hand-adzed beams.

The fireplace in the keeping room
Keeping Room Fireplace

The house has many other features typical of the period. It is built around a vast central chimney stack of masonry supported on 9 x 18 inch beams. Each of the original six fireplaces is carefully preserved; the eight-foot-wide fireplace in the keeping room features a beehive oven and a hand-wrought chimney crane.

The Laban Capron House is being offered for sale through Mooney Realty (Tel: 570-278-2222).


References

Thacher, Wallace L. (1907). Harford Fair. Binghamton: Barnes, Smith & Company
Blackman, Emily C. (1873). History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger