This Fourth of July, take pride in the stars and stripes by stepping back in time and into these historic landmark homes that have witnessed it all. Whether constructed prior to the Declaration of Independence, not many years after, or even during the exact year of 1776, these ten pristinely preserved antique homes exude old-world charm and American pride.
1002 King Street—Rye, NY: 1816
Located on nearly 4 acres of landscaped private grounds that neighbor Blind Brook Golf Club, this 1816 Clapboard Colonial is fully refurbished but maintains its great historic glory. An in-ground pool, six working fireplaces and many fine rooms make this a truly extraordinary part of Westchester County and American history.
6 Opening Hill Road—Madison, CT: 1720
The carefully updated Tremain Estate contains great history and character. Standing on 6 acres of beautifully maintained property, this 1720 residence exemplifies architecture unique to its time, while also showcasing modernity with its new glass barn guest house and updated glass room that overlooks the property’s in-ground pool. It’s the perfect mix of America’s past and present with all the comforts of home.
172 Roast Meat Hill Road—Killingworth, CT: 1756
New England’s 18th century style is intricately crafted into the historic walls of the Elisha Crane house at Whitfield Corner. The Elegant Colonial that rests on 11 acres of lush land upholds its antique quality while still offering great contemporary comfort. A serene pond, gazebo and original barn complete the property and capture the essence of simpler times.
38 West Avenue—Essex, CT: 1760
A wealthy man of Essex known for building and financing ships once called this charming residence home. Ebenezer Hayden and his wife, Prudence Pratt, raised four children here before selling it in 1798 to spar-maker Gamaliel Conklin. The house now offers numerous modern amenities surrounded by its original floors, chestnut walls and overall Americana appeal.
26 Burnett Road—New Milford, CT: 1771
Built much closer to America’s independence, this restored historic farmhouse has all the authentic qualities of its time complete with updated features and amenities. The home rests quietly on a 36-acre land trust that is adjacent to Kent, New Preston and Lake Waramaug. Upon entering the residence, visitors are greeted by its original wide-board floors, high ceilings and handcrafted paneling. A home movie theatre and fully equipped gym are even available, offering the best of both old and new worlds.
75 Main Street—Salisbury, CT: 1772
This home was built in 1772 on a 37-acre piece of land by a noteworthy Salisbury family. Its unique center chimney, numerous fireplaces and upstairs partitioned ballroom are all original to the home and full of rich history. It is even said that Hessian soldiers once danced in one of the preserved historic rooms.
64 Long Meadow Hill Road—Brookfield, CT: 1776
It’s the year we celebrate. Constructed during the very same time that this great country declared its independence, this 1776 Elijah Starr antique farmhouse has all of yesteryear’s charisma and all of today’s amenities to make it the perfect place to call home and celebrate Independence Day.
350 Northrup Street—Bridgewater, CT: 1794
This home was born not too long after the signing of the Declaration. Surrounded by cobblestone paths and an old-world Americana atmosphere, the authentically expanded and restored home gives great attention to its century’s detail and style. Maintaining exposed beams, wide-board floors, the original cooking fireplace and beehive oven, as well as 5 additional fireplaces, 350 Northrup Street could be the photo for a postcard from America.
175 Main Street—Sheffield, MA: 1800
Locally known as Centryhurst from its construction at the turn of the century, this Federal home was built by Dr. William Buel. Known in the community for his advanced use of the small pox inoculation during the late 18th century, Buel was the first of three Sheffield doctors to live here. The town’s landmark has more recently been the home to commercial enterprises including a hat shop and antique store.
1 Buffington Hill Road—Worthington, MA: 1806
Built by Jonathan Woodbridge, the grandson of fire-and-brimstone Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards, 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. The stunning residence has incredibly preserved original qualities and quite the connection to America’s history. During the American Revolution, General Marquis de Lafayette, a key individual in obtaining French support for the American colonies, visited the home in 1842 while touring the United States.