House and Property

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The original historic old farmhouse had undergone three major transformations, early Colonial, Federal and Victorian.

A one room settler’s home from the 18th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries the house was transformed from a simple dwelling into a twelve room grand Victorian Cottage. The house is registered as an National Historic Place.  In time the house collected many authentic American house building styles — including Early Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian eras.

The three living rooms on the first floor add a certain elegance usually not found in a farmhouse.

The Greek Revival center hall, for example, has a finely milled center arch and a copy of the famous wallpaper from  “Gunston Hall”, the Virginia estate of George Mason, s signer of the “Declaration of Independence” and close friend of Thomas Jefferson.  The wallpaper is probably the only copy of its kind in our country from the late 1700s.  Lying on the hall floor is an exquisite marbleized hand painted Colonial floor cloth in alternating diamond shaped patterns of green and opaque marble. In the early 1800s it was the best floor covering to be found in a fine home before the discovery of fine rugs from the Orient.   The stately Federal living room off the center hall also typifies a parlor also found in the finer homes of the time. The Victorian living room re-fashioned in the late 1800s is wallpapered in brilliant arabesque patterns of red, gold and blue.  Set in a room with dark windows and red burgundy drapes this living room may be the most elegant room in the house. Both living rooms and the three other rooms on the first floor are all connected to the center hall.  The floor plan is an ideal setting for large gatherings of family and friends.  The guest bathroom is conveniently located behind the kitchen.  The symmetrical layout of the rooms throughout the house makes movement from any part of the house to another especially easy.  Every room on the first floor except the bathroom has two doors one joined to the center hall and the other to the room beside it.