Charles Billings (1823-1901) came from Vermont in 1846 and built a log house on Hurry Hill. He cleared the land until he had a working farm with buildings and orchard on 210 acres. Charles had four sons and this farm was turned over to son Archie Billings (born 1859). Archie built the original massive barn on top of Hurry Hill. It was three stories high and the barn floor was big enough to have two teams of horses hitched to wagons, turn simultaneously around in a circle without backing up. One day in 1911, Archie was in “town” (Edinboro) with his horse and buggy while his hired man was grinding feed with a gas- powered engine on the second story barn floor. The barn caught fire. Throughout the afternoon Archie was informed several times by townspeople that his barn was on fire but he did not seemed troubled by the imminent loss. After several inquires, he simply replied “Why should I hurry up that hill when there will be no barn to put my sweaty horse in when I get there?” From that day on, the hill at the “top” of Fry Road was called Hurry Hill. One summer day, Archie’s wife, Creti, was seriously injured when her long hair became caught in a butter churn pulley. That summer, Archie built an enormous porch on two sides of the house to provide for Creti’s recovery. Billings even inscribed “Hurry Hill” in the porch railing and told her to “rest and not to be in a hurry to get well.” The script on the railing still exists today.
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