How well do you know your U.S. history? It might have been awhile since your eighth-grade civics class, so we’re giving you a brush up on Colonial events with a real estate twist this Independence Day. From homes of Declaration signers to estates near from Revolutionary battlefields, we’re touring 13 historic homes from the 13 colonies.


240 Prince George St, Urbanna VA
Built: 1742
For sale: $495,000

Although the first Europeans touched down in Massachusetts, Virginia claims the honor as the first colony. This Urbanna home was built as a tavern more than 100 years after the colony was established. Urbanna was once a significant seaport, and this tavern hosted a number of passing dignitaries, including Patrick Henry, who famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death!”


138 Baker Ave, Concord MA
Built: 1707
For sale: $985,000

The home of Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims’ Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts held some of the earliest European settlements. This home — the Hosmer Homestead — is located in Concord, one of the sites of the Revolutionary War’s first battle in 1775. Undoubtedly the residents of the Hosmer Homestead were witnesses to the battle and “the shot heard ’round the world.”

New Hampshire

130 Old College Rd, Andover NH
For sale: $2,850,000
Built: 1781

Although a separate colony, New Hampshire was joined to Massachusetts and ruled by one governor for many years leading up to the Revolutionary War. This small state was significant in moving the U.S. toward independence; its ninth vote ratified the Constitution. This 18th-century farm is one of many historic properties in the neighborhood of Taunton Hill in Andover and is a restored Federal-style building.


3251 Gamber Rd, Finksburg MD
For sale: $2,889,000
Built: 1765

As royal colonies under the British empire, governors of each colony were established by the king. This home in Finksburg was built for one of Maryland’s first royal governors. The stone home sits on 45 untouched acres northeast of Baltimore.


6 Parker Ln, Essex CT
For sale: $5,500,000
Built: 1750

Originally known as River Colony, Connecticut was another colony primarily established by Puritans. This Essex property for sale contains not just one 18th-century home but three separate houses joined together by an expansive lawn.

Rhode Island

27 Byfield St, Bristol RI
For sale: $545,000
Built: 1790

The smallest of the U.S. states was also one of the first colonies to declare itself independent from British rule. The small but mighty state is home to this Cape Cod-style home with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and attached garage.


502 Pilottown Rd, Lewes DE
For sale: $995,000
Built: 1786

Delaware was not only one of the 13 colonies but was also the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. This clapboard-shingled house for sale in “The First State” sits across the street from the water and has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 3,000 square feet of living space.

North Carolina

207 E Water St, Edenton NC
For sale: $929,000
Built: 1775

North Carolina was colonized primarily by Virginians steadily moving southward. This Edenton home for sale is one of the oldest in the area. The updated home has water views from its double porches and bay-facing windows.

South Carolina

32 S Battery St, Charleston SC
For sale: $8,985,000
Built: 1780

Following North Carolina’s colonization, explorers migrated farther south down the East Coast, colonizing South Carolina in 1663. This four-story home in Charleston sits in a historically significant area with views of Charleston Harbor.

New Jersey

166 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton NJ
For sale: $7,975,500

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence — some well known, some not quite as recognizable. While you can’t buy Thomas Jefferson’s home, another residence owned by a Declaration signer, the Rev. John Witherspoon, is for sale in New Jersey. The Princeton home was built for him and was completely restored and enlarged by its present owners in 1998.

New York

838 Route 9d, Garrison NY
For sale: $4,950,000
Built: 1750

New York was the site of nearly a third of the Revolutionary War battles. Situated across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy, Garrison is home to this barn-turned-modern estate. The 18th-century barn sits on nearly 8 acres of land surrounded by conservation easements.


217 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
For sale: $1,695,000
Built: 1758

William Penn, Pennsylvania’s namesake, received land from King Charles II to settle a debt in 1681 and immediately sailed to the New World to set up his colony. Continuing along the historic thread, this townhouse in Philadelphia is also historically significant, as it was first owned by Maj. David Lenox, who fought in the Revolutionary War.


900 N Cave Spring St, Cedartown GA
For sale: $575,000
Built: 1800

The last colony was founded some 50 years after the other 12 by James Oglethorpe, a prison reformer who wanted to ease crowded British prisons with new ones in the colonies. This home for sale in Cedartown is nothing close to a prison. The elegant plantation-style 4-bedroom, 3-bath home has  formal dining and drawing rooms.




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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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