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The house behind the rainbow

The 3,700 square foot Victorian home built by Oliver Stanton, the maternal grandfather of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, is for sale.

The 3,700 square foot Victorian home built by Oliver Stanton, the maternal grandfather of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, is for sale. Terence Hartnett

— At the very top of a tall hill, accessible only by one windy road, sits a piece of literary history -- and it is for sale.

The 3,700-square-foot Victorian home was built by Oliver Stanton, the maternal grandfather of L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum spent much of his childhood on the expansive estate.

Baum’s parents, Cynthia and Benjamin, lived with Cynthia Stanton’s parents on the estate while they had their first four children. Just before L. Frank was born the couple moved to the Chittenango home that would make the town a literary landmark.

Currently the house serves as a home and much more for Kyle and Maria Doan. The house is also the Stanton House B&B and the office for Kyle’s chiropractic practice.

The Doans bought the home in the early 1990’s in very poor repair, without even heat or running water. Confining themselves to the one livable room in the house, the Doan’s began a restoration of the 19th century dairy farm.

When it was finished, the Doans opened the bed and breakfast, which boasted a swimming pool, two ponds, an expansive view of the surrounding hills, dozens acres of land to hike and explore, and a peacock that roamed the grounds.

A source of pride for the Stanton house was the pains taken to maintain the feel of a 19th century home, although it had updated its amenities, “it hasn’t gotten too far away from its original look,” Maria Doan said. There are even original pieces of furniture that date back to the Stanton ownership of the house.

It is easy to see the majestic property being an inspiration to a young mind like Baum’s. Besides the view of the hills and the amount of land there was to explore, due to the attitude and panoramic view, the Stanton House sees an unusual amount of rainbows.

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