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Built in 1679, a Former Tavern in Portsmouth, RI, Is the Week’s Oldest Home

The oldest home to hit the market this week on® can be found just a block or two from the water in Portsmouth, RI.

In the listing photos, it’s easy to spot evidence of the home’s 17th-century origins. Now, a four-bedroom home, it’s served a number of previous lives over the past four centuries. It’s been used as a tavern, public house, inn, and post office.

Other historic homes this week include a gorgeous red antique Colonial in Connecticut, a home with repurposed floors from an American warship in New Jersey, and a modernized Pennsylvania home complete with Pennsylvania handcrafted cabinetry.

For a full look at this week’s 10 oldest homes on the market, simply scroll down.

1. 2538 E. Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI

Price: $699,500
Year built: 1679

Former tavern: Built nearly a century before the United States, this home features antique back-to-back fireplaces, as well as a beehive oven in the kitchen.

You’ll also see exposed beams in the dining room and wide pine floors in the living room. Recent modernizations include a new roof and full-home insulation.

Portsmouth, NH

2. 1426 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA

Price: $595,000
Year built: 1690

Two-family home: This gray-shingled South Shore home is exactly what you’d expect to find on Cape Cod.

The first floor features a living room with a wood-burning stove and two bedrooms, each with its own fireplace. On the second floor, a single bedroom with a separate entrance can be rented out for additional income.

Marshfield, MA

3. 2 Umberfield Rd, Waterbury, CT

Price: $424,900
Year built: 1720

Former home of Ezra Umberfield: This antique New England Colonial is one of the earliest recognized homes in the town of Waterbury.

Original wide-plank flooring can be found in the dining room, along with an original fireplace that’s been converted to gas. The three-bedroom home also features an original stone fireplace, with a beehive oven in the living room.

Waterbury, CT

4. 339 N. Society Rd, Canterbury, CT

Price: $400,000
Year built: 1729

Center Chimney Colonial: Built by the great-grandson of William Bradford, this three-bedroom home has an oversized fireplace with Dutch oven.

Wood beams and built-in bookcases offer flashbacks to the home’s history. Updates over the years include a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, whole-home generator, and garage with 200-amp service.

Canterbury, CT

5. 21 Epping Rd, Unit 4, Exeter, NH

Price: $350,000
Year built: 1735

Judge Jeremiah Smith Residence condo: Hints of this home’s history can be found in its wide pine floors, exposed brick, wood beams, and original built-ins.

This 18th-century home has been divided into four units, and this two-bedroom condo sits just steps from downtown. Located on the second floor, this unit features a large center island, oversized windows, and lots of storage.

Exeter, NH

6. 391 Wolcott St, Bristol, CT

Price: $298,000
Year built: 1736
Oversized Colonial:
With over 2,000 square feet of space, this three-bedroom home features restored hardwood flooring and exposed beams. A screened-in porch overlooks a lot of nearly an acre.

Bristol, CT

7. 81 Snedecker Ave, Congers, NY

Price: $865,000
Year built: 1740

Dutch Colonial farmhouse: The spacious home’s history is easy to spot in the exposed beams, wainscoting, built-in cabinetry, and pumpkin pine wide-plank flooring.

Inside the five-bedroom home, there’s a dining room complete with a pellet stove. Modern updates include a fresh kitchen with a farm sink, a Viking oven, and granite countertops.

Congers, NY

8. 36 Rugby Pl, Woodbury, NJ

Price: $450,000
Year built: 1726

Tatum Mitchell Griscom House: While this home has been updated over the years, it still features a dining room with floors repurposed from an American warship.

You can also spot historic built-ins and original crown molding, along with exposed beams and a beautiful fireplace. Redwood and maple quarter-cut oak flooring is found throughout most of the first floor. There’s horticultural history, too. The property is home to the second-oldest tulip tree in New Jersey.

Woodbury, NJ

9. 30 Plymouth St, Bridgewater, MA

Price: $499,000
Year built: 1750

Federal Colonial: Built by the Washburn family, this New England federal Colonial offers wavy glass windows, bench seating, and lots of built-ins.

With eight fireplaces to cozy up to, this 2,825-square-foot home also features a kitchen with a beehive oven. Period wallpaper and decorative mantels can be found in both the dining and living rooms. A heated garage also has a lift for auto enthusiasts.

Bridgewater, MA

10. 122 Walker Rd, Washington Crossing, PA

Price: $1,449,000
Year built: 1750

Abraham Harvey House: You can see the five-bedroom home’s historic touches with its floor-to-ceiling fieldstone wall, exposed wood beams, and deep windowsills.

A modernized kitchen in the 4,046-square-foot home features high-end appliances designed to complement the Pennsylvania handcrafted cabinetry.

There are pumpkin-pine floors on the first floor and two wood staircases that lead to a spacious primary suite. On the over 3-acre property, there’s also a two-story stone barn.

Washington Crossing, PA

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