If walls could talk, it would be the antique homes—the homes with walls that have stood the test of time—that would have the most to say. Owning a historic home not only allows you to foster a sacred piece of the past, but it also provides the rare opportunity to experience living among the untainted beauty of simpler days.
Between their exquisite architecture and rich, historic pasts, here are five antique homes that have left a distinct mark on each of their small towns.
9 Strawberry Lane—Irvington, NY
Experience the ultimate cup of afternoon tea among the pristine English-inspired gardens of this classic 1859 country gatehouse in Irvington, NY. Countless original features including a wood burning stove, leaded glass windows, beautiful eaved ceilings and plank and nail wood flooring throughout make this home a true antique find. Upon entering each of its eight meticulously maintained rooms, individuals will feel as though that have traveled back in time, experiencing the enchanting qualities of old-world Westchester County.
110 North Salem Road—Ridgefield, CT
A superbly restored antique Colonial home, originally constructed in 1720, resides on 1.72 acres of open land that neighbors the Titicus River in Ridgefield, CT. Both the residence and property’s three-story barn maintain their original architectural details, while having been tactically expanded to meet today’s modern luxuries and comforts. The multi-level, red “bank barn” structure, characterized for its construction directly into the side of the riverbank, seamlessly blends more recent styles in its two upper levels with the initial main level’s original Victorian-style, French-inspired foundation. The house itself mixes old-world and up-to-date features as well, boasting a light filled interior with high ceilings, wide plank floors and exposed beams, which are surrounded by a contemporary, eclectic flair in its overall design. This prominent New England property was also part of a former Native American trail, adding even more of a unique appeal to its great historic past.
373 Walkley Hill Road—Haddam, CT
Located on a quiet plot of land in the shoreline town of Haddam, CT rests the historic home of John Edwin Cook, a man known for his abolitionist work during the Civil War. The residence, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1810, serving as Cook’s peaceful, quaint childhood home. Cook eventually left his hometown to join John Brown in Kansas, where he joined forces with other abolitionists to attack the federal armory in Harper’s Ferry. Cook also escaped through the Underground Railroad, only to eventually be captured and hung for treason. The “Haddam Center House” still proudly stands, evoking a local acknowledgement of Cook’s existence, and an overall understanding for life in America during the early 19th century.
6 Plateau Circle West—Bronxville, NY
Resting in the coveted Lawrence Park Hilltop neighborhood of Bronxville, NY, an updated 100-year-old English Tudor home embodies a historic brilliance in its exquisite architecture and design. An ideal mix of old-world style meets new graces this gorgeous Westchester County residence with its top-notch crown moldings, hardwood floors, 10’ ceilings and expanded custom-designed kitchen, complete with all modern capabilities. Take a short walk to downtown Bronxville right from the residence’s front doorstep—this extraordinary gem offers the ultimate antique home experience.
63 Old Norwalk Road—New Canaan, CT
Imagine having your morning cup of coffee on the timeless wraparound porch of this antique Colonial home located in Norwalk, CT. Built in 1900, the residence still has many original features and qualities in each of its well-proportioned rooms. Upon entering the five-bedroom farmhouse, residents and visitors immediately feel welcomed by its oversized foyer, which opens to a lovely living room complete with a fireplace and coffered ceiling. The home also offers great entertaining opportunities with its up-to-date, spacious kitchen, dining room and more.