History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The Fox House, Fox Road
St. Johnsville, N. Y. 13452
The Fox family and the Klock family as well as the Nellis family intermarried. Please check the Klock Genealogy for more details. The limestone for this house was quarried from the quarry on the property. Ralph Weir, retired editor for the Little Falls Evening Times, who is 87 years old, says he remembers his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. David Fox, owning and living in the house. He believes his grandfather's father built the house. From the family limestone quarry, material for several other area buildings was quarried. The St. John's Reformed Church foundation, and the sills for the Fox Block on the corner of Washington and Main Streets in St. Johnsville came from the quarry.
This home as been cited as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival Architecture between Albany and Buffalo. It is built of native limestone, quarried at the site. It is an impressive building but it is impossible to describe the classic beauty of this home, with its hand tooled lintel above the front entrance and Corinthian columns flanking the hand-carved entrance way. The side porch is supported by the same type of columns. The limestone exterior is in excellent condition which speaks to the skill of the builder. The living room and sitting room fireplaces are adorned with hand carved mantels depicting Greek soldiers and fruit clusters. The mantels are as vibrant today as they were when carved over a century and a half ago. The limestone walls are approximately two feet thick and are sound. They stand straight and level as a testament to the skill of craftsmen who built them. Possibly the home was built about 1840 and remained in the Fox family until the early 1920's.
There is a Dutch Barn on the property also. Recently the property has been purchased by some preservation minded people and is being gently restored.
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