I am in a position to give you some insight into how Potter's Folly came to acquire the name. I am the GGG grandson of John Potter. My family lineage beginning with myself is.... Ian Lusk, Charles H. Lusk, Charles E. Stafford Lusk, Dr. Charles Potter Lusk, Dr. Charles Horace Lusk. Dr. Charles Horace married Jerusha Ann Potter, the daughter of John Potter and Elizabeth Jeffery on Aug. 1, 1867, thus explaining my connection to the Potters.
The story that was passed on down through the generations in our family is that John Potter agreed to back a $14,000 loan for a relative in the early 1860s. The relative was unable to make the payment schedule on the loan and so John Potter ensured the loan was paid by building the house and selling it so as to cover the principal of the loan and ensure that it was repaid.
This story was written down by my great grandfather Dr. Charles P. Lusk many years ago.
I hope that this helps to clarify the story of Potter's Folly.
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