The Western Planning and Development Corporation acquired the land surrounding Stonedene on the south, west and north in 1988 and 89, annexed it to the city of Fairfield and proceeded to build a subdivision of suburban density - seven houses per acre.
There were many other milling stations and Indian artifacts in the land surrounding the Martin/Stonedene site. But unfortunately, after the sale to the Western Planning and Development Corporation, the only artifacts left undisturbed of the prehistoric Patwin settlement were those on the land immediately surrounding the old house, the three acres owned by the Currys and one acre owned by the city.
The Currys were also approached about selling their parcel, but were not interested. The Western Planning and Development Corporation was not about to take "no" for an answer.
Work was started on the development. Early one morning a truck from the development pulled up to the city owned property, approached the milling stations with jack hammers and started blasting. Mrs. Curry grabbed her camera, ran shrieking from the house and stopped the workers. Damage was done to the milling stations, but the site was so extensive and Mrs. Curry acted so quickly that the site was not destroyed.
Another neighbor witnessed this wanton act of destruction and acted. At least two local historians and the Currys were shown the black and white snapshot taken at the time. There in the photo are the men pounding with their jackhammers, the truck in the background with the name of the construction company plainly visible.
Soon after, the developers began cutting off the Curry's water supply and electricity on an almost daily basis, thus beginning a course of harassment that lasted for nearly eighteen months.
The Currys were informed shortly after being annexed by the city of Fairfield that it was necessary to connect to the city sewer, a cost in excess of $30,000. This was a huge financial blow and completely unexpected. They were utilizing a perfectly good septic system installed at the time of the Morgan renovation.
The family did everything they could to hold onto the house, even asking the public for assistance through sympathetic news coverage, but no help was forthcoming. At the time, historic preservation wasn't as much a priority as it is now. Perhaps the people of the community couldn't understand why the rich folks up in the big house needed help. Apparently, it didn't register that the perfect stewards for the property were already in place and deserved some assistance in this pinch. After all, the precious Martin/Stonedene site had been lovingly restored at no cost to the community or state.
Kitty Curry told me that experiencing the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 (magnitude 7.1) was the straw that broke the camel's back. The chandeliers were wildly swinging pendulums as the house rocked, banging into the ceiling and smashing bulbs. Stonedene, founded on bedrock, sustained no structural damage at all, but Mrs. Curry wanted OUT of California.