Most of us recall Horace Greeley as the crusading editor of the New York Tribune and long term foe of slavery, or perhaps as the intellectual literary man, the politically active liberal, the candidate for the Presidency against Ulysses Grant in 1872. But we could also recall him as a very successful hobbyist in farming and building. Born in Amherst, New Hampshire, in 1811, he longed to return to the farm and ultimately did so. During 1856 Greeley threw all his energy, enthusiasm and skill into the erection of a great stone barn. The building of this barn was a most interesting experiment because its walls were made entirely of a crude sort of concrete. When the barn was being constructed there was a good deal of discussion as to whether the concrete would withstand the great temperature changes characteristic of the area. The risk was taken and today the walls are as solid as the stone of which they are made. Greeley's barn, representing one of the first concrete structures in this country, stands as a monument to pioneer builder. Before he died he made some preparations toward converting the barn into a house. After his death in 1872 his plan was put into effect by his daughter, Mrs. Clendenin. The severe lines of the barn were softened by the addition of an oriel and a bow window, some other windows and by some changes in the roof. A handsome residence was thus created in 1892. Christened "Rehoboth," a biblical Hebrew name which translates roughly as "broad place," it is still being used as a private home.