Samuel Stokes, who came to India on a spiritual quest, ended up providing financial freedom to the locals by changing the way apple farming was done in Himchal Pradesh.
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Many of his descendants have now moved back to the US. Madame Stokes, one of the descendants who stayed back, is an active Congress politician.
From the school playground, near the bazaar, a path leads up to Harmony Hall (Stokes Residence).
Path leading to Harmony Hall
The Harmony Hall, built by Stokes in 1912, has an unique architecture with elements from the local pahadi architecture mixed with those from the West. It was named after his ancestral home in New Jersey.
Deserted building next to Harmony Hall – It looked like an abandoned school.
View of Banjara Orchard Retreat from Barobag