5 Historic Homes for Sale

From a 1710 farmhouse to a grand pre-war antebellum, we found several historic houses ready for you to call them home. We even unearthed a converted distillery whose walls we’d love to tell us a thing or two about the past.

Photo courtesy Weichert Realtors This beautifully restored five-bedroom, three-and-half-bath estate is located about an hour west of Manhattan and features many tasteful modern updates. It would make a perfect weekend retreat for the family that loves entertaining and getting away from it all. 

All across our country are historic treasures just waiting for new owners to make new memories in them. Buying one tends to be a very romantic and sometimes idealistic decision. When you take on a historic home you’re signing up for years of maintenance and upkeep. A simple leak can often require craftspeople and artisans if you want to maintain the home’s integrity. 

Here are five homes we think are worth it. 

Our first stop takes us to Trenton, Tenn., which is west of Memphis. For less than $240K, you could live the Southern dream in your very own 4,000-square-foot antebellum mansion. It’s got plaster walls, French doors, fireplaces, ornate transoms, an adorable claw foot tub and hardwood floors. Several of the mantels were shipped from England. We absolutely love the huge wraparound porch that’s perfect for afternoon Mint Juleps and some good old-fashioned story telling.  The owner says to bring your best offer. See more details  here

Up in Lebanon, N.J., which is about an hour from New York City, we found a fabulous Greek Revival-style home just itching for city slickers to pay it a visit. Built in 1846, it’s already been painstakingly restored and sits on roughly seven lush acres. It’s got five bedrooms, three-and-half baths and plenty of open living space for entertaining as well as a conservatory. Our favorite parts include the original built-in cabinetry, crown moldings and wide plank floor. We also love the modern convenience of the resort-style Gunite pool. It is currently listed at around $1.1 million. More photos are details here.

A stone's throw north of Manhattan is a dreamy 1850 Colonial in the quaint town of Newburgh, N.Y. The home was first built as a Gothic revival and evolved into a Colonial when it was expanded around the turn of the century. Over the years, the home took on Federal, Victorian and Colonial revival architectural elements that equate for its unique charm. The seven acres of land are fenced and landscaped with awesome stones pillars at the estate’s entrance. Navigating the long, oak-lined drive you’ll swear you traveled back in time, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. We love the home’s kitchen with its large built-in hutches and the large windows that fill the house with natural light. It is currently priced at $875K and it is listed with Keller Williams Realty.

Over in Massachusetts near Wellesley College in Natick, we spotted a one-of-a-kind renovated farmhouse. Built in 1710, the home has five bedrooms, four full baths, a powder room and a whopping six fireplaces. The original pine wood floors, exposed beams, hardware and other historic fixtures are what make the home a stand out. All of the plumbing, heating and wiring was recently updated as well as the master bath and kitchen. It’s near the charming South Natick Village and also has views of the Charles River. The home sits on more than 4 acres and is priced at just over a million. Donated conservation easements, which prohibit subdivision and/or development have substantially reduced the municipal taxes. Checking out the photos in our gallery and at the listing is totally worth a peek. 

The most original property we found is a converted distillery in Port Royal, Penn. Priced at $229,000 this fieldstone-sided structure was built around 1794 and churned out the hooch until 1860 when it was made into a private residence. There is also a barn on the property. We love the interiors vaulted ceilings and wouldn’t mind settling in for a pint or two. It is currently for sale by owner and you can see more details and photos on OldHouses.com


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