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N6465 Hackett Road

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Historic Name:McFarlane, Harold J. and Agnes, Stone House and Barn
Reference Number:16000803
Location (Address):N6465 Hackett Road
Harold J. and Agnes McFarlane Stone House and Barn
N6465 Hackett Road, Hawkins (Ingram), Rusk County
Stonemason: Charles Freeman Burse
Date of Construction: 1941

The Harold J. and Agnes McFarlane Stone House and Barn in rural Rusk County is located among several small family dairy farms from the same era, both productive and idle. The fieldstone house and fieldstone basement barn are constructed of local fieldstone and represent a building tradition that predates the twentieth century. While the forests of Rusk County were being logged off, the fieldstone was hardly noticed. It was after the logging had been completed in the early 1920s and the cut-over-land was being sold to prospective farmers that fieldstone became both a blessing and a scourge.

The fieldstone house and basement barn are both fine examples of the skill of a master stonemason. These traditional fieldstone laying skills were passed from father, William Stacey Burce to son, Charles Freeman Burce. Charles Freeman Burce’s diverse fieldstone building skills are demonstrated in the light whimsical nature of the fieldstone house and the weighty massive fieldstone walls of the basement barn.

Charles Freeman Burce added special whimsical details to the fieldstone house. The fieldstone on the walls of the house is laid up having a slight inward slope, giving the house the look of a story-book illustration. The chimney which rises up the south facing wall of the house has only a depth of seven inches (one stone). When viewing the chimney from afar it seems to appear and disappears with the movement of the light of the day. Inside the house, on the face of the fireplace chimney, is a wheel motif created with spoke-like shards of pink granite and small round rocks. The same stone wheel motif, only smaller and created with just small round stones, is located at each side of the top of the east facing door.

The whimsical details, the exceptional craftsmanship of the stone mason, and the rarity of farm buildings built using this method of construction at this scale, in combination, make this an exceptional example of stone building traditions.

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Period of Significance:1941
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Animal Facility
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Storage
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Charles Freeman Burse (Mason)
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:11/22/2016
State Register Listing Date:08/19/2016
Number of Contributing Buildings:2
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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