Today, Historic House Blog is passing two milestones! This is our 150th article and we just got our 1,000th ”Like” on Facebook. In light of this, I am feeling lucky and I guess a bit nostalgic. I also just returned from Fair Haven, Connecticut, where our team from the University of Delaware’s Center for Historic [...]
A reader let me know about this recent listing in Seekonk, Massachusetts: A 300-year-old, c. 1720 Saltbox colonial……called the “Remember Carpenter House”…..being marketed as “LAND!!” [that's the realtor's capitalized shout, not mine]. The amount of the land, by the way? A meager half-acre.
This unique Italianate house was built in 1883 by Samuel M. Jackson, who was a Brigadier General during the Civil War. While Samuel M. Jackson is not to be confused with actor Samuel L. Jackson, he was in fact the grandfather of another well-known actor — the legendary James “Jimmy” Stewart — who is of [...]
I just stumbled across an amazing country house estate that will be auctioned next month! Located just 50 miles south of Washington DC, and set on more than 170 acres of Virginia’s finest hunt country, this property — now known as “Poplar Springs” — will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, November 6 at [...]
This one is a bit of a head-scratcher for me. In Milford, Connecticut, the first-ever VP of the Milford Historical Society is about to knock down his historic c.1789 house, called the “Thomas Sanford House” or the “Sanford-Bristol House.” And the Sanford-Bristol House isn’t a run-of-the-mill building, either — it’s a Dutch Gambrel double-house, with [...]
It’s no surprise that “This Old House” chose Wellington, Ohio as one of its “Best Old House Towns” in 2010. Wellington is a “quaint and quiet northern Ohio town” with a small population of people (4,700), but a large population of beautiful historic houses. The town features an impressive spectrum of Victorian era houses — [...]
This house is significant enough that it’s listed on the Connecticut Freedom Trail, which designates “sites that embody the struggle toward freedom and human dignity” and “celebrates the accomplishments of the state’s African American community.” So why is this particular property worthy of recognition? The designation honors Henry and Lyzette Munroe, a black farmer & [...]
Really, BGSU? The school where I earned my B.A. in History is about to needlessly knock down a very cool building that is historically significant. Their stated purpose is to build a new student health center. I understand that universities need to expand, but I also believe there would be several reasonable alternatives to razing [...]
I rarely use the term, “museum-caliber” when describing historic properties. This house is museum-caliber. In my mind, museum-caliber means several things: exceptional architecture, a large amount original (or early) details, accurate historical information, and perhaps most importantly, the house must feature a lot of early period furniture & decoration to make the house “feel” the [...]
So, this really exists. An 18th century farmhouse (dating to 1795) that is now a McDonald’s restaurant on Long Island in NY.