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If These Walls Could Talk

If the walls of every antique home could talk, they would surely have a lot to say. They have stood the test of time, still remaining strong and ready to take on whatever the future holds. Living in an antique home not only exudes a charming, timeless appeal, it also allows individuals to own a piece of history, caring for it and keeping it close to their hearts each and every day.

Here are five antique homes, each with their own unique past, that are true, beloved architectural and historical landmarks of their town.

110 North Salem Road—Ridgefield, CT

Constructed in 1720, this antique Colonial home has been meticulously restored, making sure to maintain its original architectural grandeur. Resting peacefully on 1.72 acres of sloping land, the residence, which was once a ten bedroom inn, benefits greatly from the surrounding natural beauty of the neighboring Titicus River. The property’s three-story, red barn, known as a “bank barn,” takes full advantage of this riverfront location with its construction directly in the side of the riverbank. The landmark structure incorporates elements of 19th century Connecticut Valley-style architecture in its two more recently added upper levels, and blends them harmoniously with the Victorian-style, French-inspired architecture found in its lower level, which is original to the barn’s initial construction. Unique architectural design continues on inside the house itself, which boasts high ceilings, wide plank floors and exposed beams in the core of its light-filled interior. The decorations and designs are exquisite, with an eclectic contemporary flare that effectively preserves its charming, old-world feel. To top it off, the property was also the route of a former Native American trail, adding even more to its riveting historic past.

9 Strawberry Lane—Irvington, NY

Imagine sipping tea while overlooking the English-inspired gardens and overall classic appeal of this 1859 country gatehouse residence located in the town of Irvington, NY. From its plank and nail wood flooring, leaded glass windows and window seats to its beautiful eaved ceilings, built-in cabinets and wood burning stove, this home provides a preserved and enhanced slice of old-world Americana. Step inside each of its eight rooms and travel back in time—this property is one of Westchester’s finest preserved gems.

63 Old Norwalk Road—New Canaan, CT

Reminiscent of a simpler past, this Colonial home in Norwalk, CT, immediately welcomes visitors with its inviting wrap-around porch. The residence was constructed in 1900, and still maintains much of its original exquisite detail and character. The five-bedroom farmhouse contains ample space with many well-proportioned rooms, an oversized foyer, a living room complete with a fireplace and coffered ceiling, a lovely dining room, an up-to-date kitchen and more.

6 Plateau Circle West—Bronxville, NY

Historic brilliance embodies the classic, old-world architecture and design of this updated 100-year-old English Tudor home, located in the coveted Lawrence Park Hilltop neighborhood of Bronxville, NY. Upon entering the residence, one will find top-of-the-line features including deep crown moldings, hardwood floors and 10’ ceilings, as well as an expanded and custom-designed kitchen complete with all the modern luxuries and capabilities of today. This superb home undoubtedly offers the full Westchester County experience—just a short walk from downtown Bronxville and boasting a rich history built within its impressive, century-old walls.

373 Walkley Hill Road—Haddam, CT

It’s quite obvious why this charming, quaint home in the shoreline town of Haddam, CT, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1810, the residence once served as the birthplace and childhood home to John Edwin Cook, a man known for his abolitionist work during the Civil War. After growing up on the tranquil grounds of this beautiful New England home, Cook left Haddam to join John Brown in Kansas, attacked the federal armory in Harper’s Ferry, escaped through the Underground Railroad, and was eventually captured and hung for treason. Through it all, though, the “Haddam Center House” still stands, its details and qualities forever capturing the life of Cook and America in the early 19th century.

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