In New England, you will find much of the history on American colonization preserved or recorded through battlegrounds or buildings left behind. That says the same for what is probably the oldest house on the market. In Massachusetts, this Georgetown home was built in 1964 which is a perfect example of First Period architecture.
Commonly known as the Dickinson-Pillsbury-Witham House, it sits on 8.5 acres of land including 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an 18th century barn and shed. It’s listed at $549,900 and is on the National Register of Historical Places.
The home has been expanded on two separate occasions by previous owners. It was originally built with a chimney and rooms on one side with an enclosed staircase. The first renovation took place just years after it was built where the owner added more rooms to the other side. The next renovation happened in the 19th century when a larger addition was built.
Currently, the house has an updated kitchen with a gas stove, wall oven, and a soapstone counter and sink. Otherwise, it has all the original characteristics like the fireplaces, wood flooring, and wood paneled walls. The exterior features red window trim, wood clapboard, and shingles. The barn has all the original hardware, as well, including a loft with exposed wood beams.
One of the past owners included Paul Pillsbury, the inventor, who the house is partly named after. A historic account by John Louis Ewell states that a letter from Pillsbury talked about an attack on the home by local Native Americans. Ewell described the home as “an heirloom from the seventeenth century”. Modeled after a nearby home that was built in 1653, Ewell mentioned the large fireplace (still present) with cooking stoves and candlesticks hanging from the ceiling beam. He even included a photo of the house.
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