nown as the John H.
Johnson house from the family who lived in it for so long, this house was
built in about 1883 on land split off from the Morris Brown lot, most of
which lay to the south. There was no known structure on this lot until this
house was built.
The entire 1 1/2 acre
Brown lot was conveyed in 1883 by Brown to Nelson Thompson, the proprietor
of the Benham House hotel farther down Main Street.
Brown lost the property
to Thompson for payment of debt; Thompson paid $463 at auction for it, and
then immediately sold it (for $4900, a handsome profit) to John G. Gulick
of Elmira. Presumably it was Gulick who built this house in a rather restrained
Victorian mode, for at his death in 1887 John H. Johnson inherited this
part of the property. It stayed in his family's hands until 1960.
The house has lost
some of its original ornamentation, though some remains on the porch and
the screen door. It was further altered in the 20th century but remains
a good example of a vernacular Victorian Gothic house.
Prior to Brown's ownership
of the lot, it was part of the three-acre Melatiah Lawrence plot. Lawrence
lived on the site of #322, and in 1822 sold the land to William Roy of Benton,
though it is said Lawrence died in his house in 1826. In any case, it thereafter
was sold a couple of times and in 186- became the property of Morris Brown
and then of Nelson Thompson.