‘‘He was fiercely independent and, in his later years, lived like a pioneer or as Henry David Thoreau did at Walden Pond. He hardly ever bought anything and was content to make do with what no one else seemed to want. He was a farmer, mechanic, inventor, engineer, philosopher, concerned citizen and loyal friend,’’ Jackson said in his memorial.
The property is now being handled by a lawyer. If the price is right, Fleury would consider buying it.
‘‘I'm thinking I'm going to have quite a remodeling job on my hands,’’ he said.
Rathke reported from Montpelier, Vt.