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The Spier/Schafer family is the family of Mary Anne Spier and Dawn Schafer. They live at 177 Burnt Hill Road in Stoneybrook, CT.

General[]

Richard Spier and Sharon Spier got married in Mary Anne and the Great Romance. Mary Anne and Richard move into Dawn and Sharon's house because it was bigger.

In Keep Out, Claudia!, Mary Anne mentions her ancestors are Russian. In Aloha, Baby-sitters!, some of her ancestors are listed as German and Norwegian as well.

In The Fire at Mary Anne's House, Sharon mentions that her great-great-great grandfather immigrated from Ireland.

Family Members[]

Extended Family[]

  • Verna Baker and Bill Baker (Mary Anne's maternal grandparents)
  • Pop-Pop Porter and Granny (Dawn's maternal grandfather)
  • Grandpa Spier (Mary Anne's paternal grandfather)
  • Amy Porter (Dawn's second cousin)
  • Ed and Rochelle Porter (Amy's parents, Sharon's first cousin)

Pets[]

House Rules[]

The family makes a chore chat, dinner schedule, and promises to be more honest with each other to ease their adjustment in moving in together. They put up their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.

In Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger, Richard had a rule about no boys inside the house when he wasn't there.

House[]

General[]

Sharon purchased the house in a run-down condition; nobody had lived on the property in two years. There's an apple tree in their front yard. The house has a porch on the front.

They live near the Barrett/DeWitt Family's old home.

Current Home[]

After the home burns down in The Fire at Mary Anne's House, they move briefly into the house next to Claudia Kishi, while the barn is being remodeled.

When the barn is remodeled there are two entrances. There is the front door with a knocker and a doormat with a flagstone walkway. There's a back door which opened into the herb garden. The old barn doors could slide open to show off the kitchen.

Inside there are huge windows, white windows, and woodwork. Sharon and Mary Anne made the curtains with small pockets sewn in rows that hold a lead, dried flower, and a cluster of berries.

When you walk in the front door you can see the dining room near the kitchen, living room at the other end.

An off-white couch, huge and comfy, sat welcomingly across from a small cobalt blue woodstove they would use for extra heat in the winter. A matching arm chair, big enough to seat two people, sat near it at an angle. A rag run in deep shades of purple and scarlet made the area seem warm and inviting. A side table stands at one of the couch.

Upstairs are four bedrooms. Mary Anne along with Richard and Sharon have a big room for themselves. Dawn and Jeff have a small bedroom for themselves. Sharon and Richard have a bathroom adjoining their room. There is a bathroom near the other three rooms that Mary Anne mainly uses.

Previous Home[]

Inside[]

The house is an old farm house.The kitchen and bathrooms had been remodeled but there was still the old outhouse in the backyard with cobwebs in it. There's narrow stairways and hallways, low ceilings, a big brick fireplace, and wobbly panes of glasses in a window. A doorway leads to the attic, a light switch it at the top of a steep and narrow flight of stairs. Weak sunshine comes through a dusty window at one end of the attic, which has many boxes and a big chair. Boxes hold old photos or Christmas decorations. There is a garage attached.

Richard had installed fire alarms as soon as he and Mary Anne moved in as mentioned in Mary Anne and the Memory Garden.

It has a secret passage that goes from Dawn's bedroom to the barn. Part of the passage goes by the kitchen mentioned in Beware, Dawn.

Outside[]

Mr. Spier has a hammock in the backyard and Mary Anne rakes leaves in the front yard. The front porch has a roof. The barn has bales of hay sitting around, rope to swing on. The barn is divided into two rows of horse stalls. Tools have been removed but here and there a nameplate remains, as do old feeding troughs, hayloft, and ladder.

House History[]

It was built in 1795 and used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. The owner, the Mullrays, fell deeply in debt to banker Mathias Bradford. Old Man Mullray and the family moved to Peacham, Vermont except for 30 year old Jared Mullray, who wasn't right in the head. He mysteriously disappeared and legend has it that Jared's ghost still haunts the property in search of trinkets and things he could sell to pay pack Mathias Bradford. 

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