Farmhouses form a core of American history and architectural heritage. Yet with 82 percent of Americans now living in urban and suburban places, American farmhouses - with their simple shapes, graceful porches, and placement on the uncluttered rural landscape - tell of a different economy than most of America now knows on a personal level.
This week's Historic Properties for Sale post features three farmhouses ripe for the buying. Who's in??
Walkers Creek Farm - Middlebrook, Virginia
Built circa 1850, this Virginia farmhouse on 171 acres in the Shenandoah Valley has been restored and maintains classic farmhouse style with modern conveniences and amenities. Heart-pine floors, fireplaces, and original trim and wainscoting. Porches and patios extend living space and take advantage of the views. Two-story smokehouse has been renovated into charming guest quarters; Pricetag: $1,195,000
Stone Farmhouse - Lake Katrine, New York
This beautiful 1798 historic stone farmhouse has been wonderfully maintained and cared for. Original details include Dutch door, wide plank floors, beamed ceilings, and deep window sills. The spacious living and dining rooms have wood burning fireplaces. The second floor has four bedrooms and a foyer and sitting area that can be used as an office or playroom. The home's meadow-like grounds include fruit trees, berry bushes, perennial gardens, and mature flowering shrubs and trees. Included with the property is a small one and a half story honey house, an equipment shed, garden shed, and an original stone smokehouse. Pricetag: $324,900
Colonial Farmhouse - Harrison, New York
Built around 1720, this farmhouse was the home of Lieutenant Lyon Miller of George Washington's Colonial Army. The house features rare wide plank honey colored Atlant heart pine floors, two fireplaces, a fieldstone basement, awesome stone porch, and plenty of nooks and crannies. Pricetag: $659,000
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.