“It was built in 1858 after Lewis Harrington chose a beautiful grove in the northern part of the village of Hutchinson for his building site. This large tract of land consisted of rolling hills and was bordered on the north by the Crow River. When completed, the Greek Revival-style home was the finest of the dozen or more houses built in the fledgling community. Its architectural significance lives in the fact that the house is one of the earliest examples of Greek Revival architecture in McLeod County. Today, the Harrington-Merrill house stands as a symbol to Hutchinson of one of its pioneer founders, who with his wife, so loved the community that they chose to stay and defend it against undefined odds during the Dakota War of 1862. It is currently being restored by Historic Hutchinson and the City of Hutchinson.”
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Aug. 1, 2017,
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