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Located at a bend on Cherry Lane near the intersection of Hellgate Road,
the Henry Crane House is set on a level lot surrounded by open fields in
a rural residential neighborhood.
The 1 story, three-bay, hip-roofed enclosed porch added to the facade in the
nineteenth century features a modern doorway flanked by two six-over-six sash. The
1 story, gable-roofed ell which extends from the eastern elevation most likely was
u added at the same time as the facade addition. The original center chimney has been
replaced and a modern exterior chimney has been added to the western elevation. There
is a shed-roofed addition to the rear.
Outbuildings: A single story, two-bay, gable-roofed garage is located to the northwest
of the house
south onto Cherry Lane, this Colonial period house was erected by Henry Crane ca.
1785. The 2t story building topped with a wood-shingled, ridge-to-street gable roof
features a center-hall plan with a three-bay facade. Utilizing a post-and-beam framing
system, the house is asbestos-sided and rests on a sandstone foundation.
Henry Crane ( b. 1748 ) erected this house ca. 1785 on a plot of land he purchased from
Jonathan Wells. Crane, the son of Henry Crane, Jr. and Mercy (Francias), was the grandson
of Henry Crane, Sr., one of Durham’s original settlers. Shortly before he migrated to
Whitestown, New York, Crane sold the homestead to Captain James Hickox in 1792. In 1802
Captain Hickox’s widow, Rachel, sold the dwelling house to brothers, Ezra and Isaac
Loveland. Both men resided in the house, each owning half of the dwelling with the
right to pass through each others portion when necessary. This dual ownership of the
property provides an interesting glimpse of the close relationship of an early nineteenthcentury
family. Ezra and Isaac were the second and third eldest sons of Titus Loveland
whose homestead (no longer extant) was located just to the east of this property. Like
their father, the Loveland brothers were employed as shoemakers and by 1817 were operatir
their own shoeshQP on the property. In 1834 Isaac’s son, Isaac C. Loveland, purchased
the property which was “subject to the improvement of (uncle) Ezra Loveland during his
natural life”(DLR 21:155). Isaac C. resided there until 1846, when the property was
purchased by Bela Davis (1800-1887). It is most probable that Davis resided here until
his new house was completed in 1865 (see Bela Oavis House). The Davis
family owned the property until 1907.
The Henry Crane House derives its significance from the long association
with the Loveland family arid its contribution to Durham’s cottage industry: