R oyal Woodbury Barnard (1843-1922) first established the Barnard Funeral Home in approximately 1887 a short distance south on right hand side of Route 7 from it's present location in a room on the backside of the family homestead.
Often he was paid in goods e.g.(stawberries,eggs,livestock and lumber)for his services and augmenting his income as a roofer,painting signs and carriages between funerals. He used a candle light lantern horse drawn hearse that was kept in service until the day he died.
He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Embalming in 1900.
He served as town representative in 1919 and was known by many for the generous help he gave to others in need.