The gardens were renowned and the house was a resting stop for future presidents.
Now, Dan Briceland, a funeral director and Rotary Club president, and his wife Kristin are restoring the structure at 379 state Route 7 in Brookfield to its original glory.
Built in 1816 by Navy Capt. James Christy, the dilapidated house went up for sale this spring. The Bricelands, who have always wanted to restore an historic house, put in a bid and won.