As we celebrate the 234th year of our country’s independence, it prompted us to dig out some super-old, historic homes for sale. Would there be any for sale from the prolific year of 1776? We came pretty close. Take a look:
Address: 185 S. Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
For Sale: $699,900
Year Built: 1881
Notable: Known as the William H. Smith House, this 129-year-old Queen Anne Victorian-style home has three porches, a courtyard, 10-ft ceilings, mahogany staircase & fretwork, 15 stained glass windows, mahogany front doors, inlaid hardwoods, wainscoting, crown moldings, and ceiling medallions. It is located 35 miles south of Boston.
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For Sale: $800,000
Year Built: 1834
Notable: The John Mills House is a cheery yellow, single-family Colonial listed on the Massachusetts historic register and sits on 1.11 acres close to the town center. It has four bedrooms on the second floor, large, eat-in kitchen, front and back family rooms and recent updates throughout.
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For Sale: $295,000
Year Built: 1820
Notable: This 190-year-old Colonial sits on 83+ acres in Haverhill Corners, which is the Grafton County seat. Col. Charles Johnston settled here in 1769 and promoted village growth. This home’s many original features are still intact, but needs system updates. Perfect for history buffs or gentleman farmer. Westerly views of Vermont’s Green Mountains.
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Address: 634 Main St, New London, NH 03257
For Sale: $495,000
Year Built: 1816
Notable: The historic Burpee Homestead with known provenance is situated within walking distance of Colby-Sawyer College, the town center and church. Many original features remain. Sited on three-quarters of an acre, the landscaped grounds have perennial gardens and views of Mt. Sunapee and King Ridge. Attached garage/barn lends itself to home business opportunities.
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Address: 299 Main St, Lakeville, CT 06039
For Sale: $1,925,000
Year Built: 1763
Notable: This classic Georgian-style home on 5 acres underwent a complete restoration. It includes 11-foot entry hall ceiling, and exquisite period details. Considered an historic village treasure, it has stone walls, antique barns, and is bordered by Burton Brook.
Address: 15 Millerton Rd, Lakeville, CT
For Sale: $575,000
Year Built: 1808
Notable: The Holley Williams House was a former museum and is now for sale as an historic residence. This Federal-style home sits on 4.75 acres, and includes outbuildings. Restoration subject to guidance from Historic New England. It was originally listed for $975,000. Here’s more from The Museum Register: “The Holley-Williams House Museum is unique in that the house was in the hands of the same family for more than 150 years. It consists of the original Salisbury Ironmaster’s 1768 house, and the connected Federal period home of the Holley and Williams families, built in 1808 as an addition by John Milton Holley, a leading Lakeville businessman. His daughter, Maria Holley Williams, lived in the house, and after that her son Hubert and daughter-in-Law Clare “Duxie” Coffing Williams, and then their daughter Margaret Williams who bequeathed the house to The Salisbury Association at her death in 1971.”
For Sale: $525,000
Year Built: 1834-1835
Notable: According to Historic for Sale Homes, this Federalist-style brick home on 10 acres served as a camp during the Civil War, with “…soldiers camping in the front field and officers staying in the house. It was made with bricks handmade by slaves in the 1830’s on the farm property. Downstairs are four large rooms (roughly 18×20)–living room, dining room, kitchen/den and bedroom–a large entrance hall, small back hall and bath. Each room has a fireplace, all but one work.”
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Address: 520 S Main St, Northville, NY 12134
For Sale: $325,000
Year Built: 1825
Notable: This was the Adirondack home of Joseph Spier, Jr., who served as Northville’s first postmaster. Spier built this Federal-style Colonial in 1825 on 80 acres, including 240 feet of lakefront. In later years, this was the home of cartoonist/commercial artist Mel Graff who took over the creation of the comic strip “Secret Agent X-9,” which appeared in newspapers, comic books and film during the 1940’s and 1950’s.
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Address: 311 Skyport Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA
For Sale: $675,000
Year Built: Early 1770’s
Notable: Historic limestone farmhouse known as the John Galbraith House, it was built in the 1770’s for James Galbraith Jr. and bequeathed to his son, John, in May 1782. It is said to be one of five remaining Cumberland County stone homes built by Revolutionary War activist Jonas Rupp. Georgian-style home on 1.68 acres has a cedar shake roof and a nice, inground pool in the back.
10. Bellmont Manor
For Sale: $750,000
Year Built: 1706
Notable: According to Historic for Sale, the Bellmont Manor was probably a one-and a half-story home built as a one-room dwelling over a raised English basement — presumably during the 18th century. (Chesterfield County Tax Records date the property as 1706 and the 1976 Historical Chesterfield County bicentennial map shows the property as being erected before 1740.) It is on five acres and was recently operated as a bed and breakfast. Through the generations, additions have been added and it now has over 6,000 sq ft.
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