There are so many ways to show that red, white and blue pride this Fourth of July. And what better way to represent this great nation than to step back in time and into the antique structures of historic homes that have stood through it all? Whether built before the Declaration of Independence, constructed shortly after, or even during the exact year of 1776, these ten landmarks embody our country’s rich history and unyielding strength.
6 Opening Hill Road—Madison, CT: 1720
Constructed well before our independence, the Tremain Estate still firmly stands on 6 acres of brilliantly landscaped property, boasting its history and meticulously updated features. Although maintaining much of its original architectural quality, the home now offers a spectacular glass barn guest house and modernized glass room that overlooks the pool. It’s the perfect blend of American history and a sophisticated lifestyle of comfort.
172 Roast Meat Hill Road—Killingworth, CT: 1756
Fall in love with 18th century style in the Elisha Crane house at Whitfield Corner. The elegant Colonial epitomizes early Connecticut architecture and the era’s close attention to detail, while still containing contemporary comfort. Located on over 11 acres of lush land complete with a pond, gazebo and original barn, this home captures the peaceful and simple qualities of the 1700s.
38 West Avenue—Essex, CT: 1760
Originally built in 1760, this residence was home to Ebenezer Hayden, the wealthiest, most influential person in Essex at the time, and known for building and financing ships. Hayden and his wife, Prudence Pratt, happily raised four children in this house before selling it in 1798. Today, the residence has many modern amenities in addition to its original floors, chestnut walls and old-world charm.
26 Burnett Road—New Milford, CT: 1771
Nearing the year of America’s independence, this restored antique farmhouse exudes authenticity while still containing up-to-date features. The residence is surrounded by 36 acres of land trust neighboring Kent, New Preston and Lake Waramaug. Inside the home, one can marvel at the original wide board floors, high ceilings and handcrafted paneling along with its contemporary home theatre and fully equipped gym.
75 Main Street—Salisbury, CT: 1772
Built by a noteworthy Salisbury family on a 37-acre piece of land, this home has a rich historic background. Many of its original features still remain, including the unique center chimney with fireplaces on three sides and an upstairs partitioned ballroom where Hessian soldiers were presumed to have once danced.
64 Long Meadow Hill Road—Brookfield, CT: 1776
We’ve hit the year. Constructed during the very same time that this great country declared its independence, this 1776 Elijah Starr antique farmhouse is beautifully maintained with yesteryear’s appeal. What better place is there to celebrate Independence Day?
350 Northrup Street—Bridgewater, CT: 1794
Not too long after America became independent, this home was born. Authentically restored and expanded with the finest attention to detail, the residence features exposed beams, wide-board floors, the original cooking fireplace and beehive oven, and 5 additional fireplaces, all in an old-world Americana atmosphere. Step onto cobblestone paths and back in time while enjoying pristine landscapes and gardens on this 11-acre property.
175 Main Street—Sheffield, MA: 1800
At the turn of the century, this Federal home, locally known as Centryhurst, was built by Dr. William Buel, known for his advanced use of the small pox inoculation in the late 18th century. Continuing with its rather medically based history, the residence was home to three different Sheffield doctors, and has more recently housed commercial enterprises including a hat shop and antique store.
1 Buffington Hill Road—Worthington, MA: 1806
This Georgian-Federal style home is one of the best documented houses in the Historic American Buildings Survey maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress. Built by Jonathan Woodbridge, the grandson of fire-and-brimstone Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards, this stunning home with incredibly preserved original features has direct links to the American Revolution. During his tour of the United States in 1824, General Marquis de Lafayette, a key individual in obtaining French support for the American colonies, visited the house.
1002 King Street—Rye, NY: 1816
This 1816 Clapboard Colonial is a beautiful country estate located on nearly 4 acres of lush, private grounds and the neighboring Blind Brook Golf Club. Exquisite rooms with refurbished but maintained historic quality, an in-ground pool, and six working fireplaces make this a truly remarkable landmark of Westchester County and America’s history.