Read about the house and its inhabitants in Newspaper Articles, Books and Reports.
Sarah Carr, of Newport, was a grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter (maternal and paternal), and niece of Rhode Island Colonial Governors. One of her Great-Grandfathers, Governor Benedict Arnold, was also the great-grandfather of the infamous Benedict Arnold.
At 17 years of age, her father died and she married a Newport school master, George Pigot. To protect her right to the inheritance from her father Francis, she and her husband fought Stephen Mumford in a court of law. Although already a married women, Mumford called her a minor and contested her right to make that claim.
One might glean that Amanda lived her life, unquestionably and unapologetically, as her own self; a free and empowered woman.
The LeValley Farm proved its sustainability amidst the industrial revolution. High above the soot and fine dust of the lace mills their agricultural tradition endured. Herein lies an important story as, more and more, we strive to grow and eat locally; make and buy locally.
Rev. George Pigot made at least one claim to the British Parliment; that he was rightful heir to the abandonned baronies of Monteagle and Morley, England. It is said that he called Phenix Hill "Monteagle".
Currently in the midst of restoration, the Lippitt Mill has been standing since 1809. This historical significant building was built by Henry Lippitt. Is there a familial relationship on her mother's side?
Maisie E. Quinn is linked with women of Phenix Hill named in history books. Sarah Carr, Amanda LeValley and Maisie Quinn all lived on the grounds (in the case of Carr and LeValley in the farmhouse itself) of this historic New England farm; a place which, in mid- colonial times, was still considered deep forest.