Davis Mills (1809-1865) — a butcher, tavernkeeper and politically active man about town — built this Needham, Mass., house in 1834.
Located right next door to the historic Isreal Whitney House, the Davis Mills house was smack in the middle of what used to be Needham’s town center until the 19th century. One of the major landowners in town at the time, Mills served as a selectman, fire warden and assessor.
According to information on the Needham Public Schools website, the Mills family are distant relatives to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served under George W. Bush from 2001-2009.
Later owners Dr. and Mrs. Richard Toran gave it the name North Hill Farm. The house has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a whopping 7,555 square feet.
It was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Love Snickers’ close-up. I am enjoying these Walks Through History as much as Snickers 🙂
The tidbits about these historic homes are surprising – such as Dick Cheney being a distant relative of the Mills’ family. Also, I can’t imagine washing all the windows on this house…
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