This week’s round-up of toolkits brings you tips, style guides, and helpful checklists to help you navigate through your search for your historic dream house. While many steps are the same for both historic and more modern homes, buying a historic house often adds a few special elements and considerations to the process. After all, one of the reasons we love historic houses is for their distinct charm and unique characteristics!... Read More →
The Mary Gilbert House -- Georgetown, S.C.
The Mary Gilbert House in Georgetown's Historic District is one of the area's most charming houses. Built in 1737, the home has been meticulously restored and maintained. Inside, you'll find original flooring, wide chair rails of horizontal boards, and 9/9 sash windows, many with the original glass. A few new additions to the house include a first-floor master suite and breakfast room off the recently renovated kitchen. A guest house on the property completes the home's Southern charm. Price: $470,000
The Rose Cottage -- Louisa, Va.
This 1860's antebellum board and batten home was designed from an Andrew Jackson Downing cottage design. The home is within walking distance of Louisa's shops and restaurants, but thoughtfully designed landscaping provides the home with great privacy. Inside, the Rose Cottage has retained many of its original features. You will not find a similar home in the area, as the design is reminiscent of homes in older New England towns. Price: $369,000
The James Waters House -- Galveston, Texas
Built in 1888, this house has been in the Waters family throughout its 125-year history. It is nestled in the heart of the East End Historic District, and the original carriage stone and gate welcome visitors through to the house. Inside, you'll be surrounded by beautiful woodwork, stained glass, and curved windows; five fireplaces will keep the house cozy; and you can invite your guests over to stay in the guest suite above the detached garage. Price: $459,000
Two Historic Homes on One Lot -- Corona, Calif.
This Corona property offers two historic homes -- the grand main house, which has been featured as an award winner in Victorian Homes magazine, and a guest house. And while you can appreciate and enjoy the history and charm of their original integrity, you can also relax surrounded by modern upgrades, including earthquake retrofits, granite counter tops, and an outdoor island complete with refrigerator and storage space. Price tag: $897,750
Historic Home with Carriage House -- Jefferson, Ga.
This 1922 home is located in the Historic District of Jefferson and has been lovingly restored and renovated. Four bedrooms and two renovated bathrooms are accessible from the open foyer upstairs. While the carriage house is a more recent addition, it complements the original house and offers space for an office or guests, as well as a hideaway for cars. Price tag: $549,000
Historic 1850 Greek Revival Farm -- Brandon, Vt.
Situated on nearly 30 acres nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountain ranges, the historic farmhouse and two story dairy barn are ready for new owners. The property is surrounded by over 300 protected acres entrusted to the Vermont Fish and Game Wildlife Management Program, which are free and open to the owners of this home for hiking, fishing, and hunting. Price tag: Contact agent for price
Historic Rocky Farm -- Newport, R.I.
This beautiful, private retreat features unparalleled views of the ocean and Gooseberry Island. The 17th-century house is one of the oldest in Newport, once owned by Newport founder Governor William Brenton. Patios, gardens, a garage, and workshop complete the enchanting property. Price tag: $4,700,000... Read More →
by Aaron M. Dougherty, Will Interpret for Food
If you’re a preservation enthusiast, inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places comes with a lot of perks. (Read a quick primer here.) If you're not, you may think that George Washington’s inconsiderate decision to sleep in the 300-year-old farmhouse you just inherited is going to cause you a lot of headaches.
I’m not here to tell you about all the great things that will happen for you if you get registered. I’m here to play devil’s advocate: to tell you that if don’t want this kind of attention, the worst thing that could happen with federal registration is that you just ... keep on keeping on.
Why should your house be on the National Register? Well, why not?... Read More →