Willsboro local historian Ron Bruno writes:
The Smith house was built in 1875 by Edward F. Smith, who was the third generation of Smiths to live on Willsboro Point. The first was Caleb Smith who came to Willsborough from Rutland, VT in 1788. Caleb moved onto the Point about 1800 or shortly after he married Sarah Rueback in 1791. Caleb and Sarah had a son Lyman who married Emily Rowley, who had Edward in 1836. Edward married Asenth Fairchild, from another prominent family in Willsborough, in 1859. Together they had four children. When they were first married, they lived in a white wood frame farmhouse which stood directly across the road from the mansion they built in 1875. Edward lived there until his death in 1916 at which time his son E. Lyman Smith took possession of the mansion and ran the profitable farm. E. Lyman's sister, Rena married Leon Baker and they built the little brick house just north of the mansion house. Both of these farms were very prosperous, raising crops such as apples, beans, grapes, and the various grains which they also sold. The beans went to the Boston market and the apples went to the big cities to the south. E. Lyman eventually got into the camp rental business since they had considerable waterfront which was not that desirable at that time. The first group of camps on the E. Lyman Smith property became a girls camp called Pocohantas, which in the 1930's became Camp Cosmos, and in 1938 was sold to people from Albany, NY who called it Camp-Of-The-Pines, remaining in business until 1960. After E. Lyman died in 1947, the Smith mansion became the property of Rena Smith Baker and her husband Vreeland Baker. At that time, they also owned the brick house as well as the large white house on the lakeshore.
This home has seen families come and go throughout the years. It has also been used as a local medical clinic known as The Smith House. Fallen into disarray, this home is in need of a new owner. This property has views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Champlain. New double pane windows are in place. Town water line runs along Point Road. Willsboro Golf Course nearby.
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