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Mill owner and store keeper John Bond Swasey was one of the principal forces behind the early growth of Meredith Village. He was born in 1782 in a remote corner of east Meredith. His father died in 1783, leaving Jane (Bond) Swasey a widow to fend for her family in the frontier wilderness. Later she married Revolutionary War veteran Stephen Adams, and the family moved to the hills surrounding the future Meredith Village. About 1809, Mr. Swasey began purchasing much of what is now Meredith Village, including the early village mills. He died in 1828, at which time the present Swasey Homestead was still under construction. Though the main form of this house mirrors other early 19th century houses along Main Street, 2 1/2 stories, five bays, or windows, across the front, a central entrance and twin chimneys), the two-story side porch is a highly unusual feature and is reminiscent of southern homes.

John Bond Swasey House can be found by taking Route 3 to the lights in Meredith. Turn left and go up the hill onto Main Street. John Bond Swasey House is located on the right side of Main Street, beyond the Meredith Public Library.


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