Listed for $2 million, this week’s oldest listing on Realtor.com® is a sunny, five-bedroom Colonial on Long Island. Besides its antique charms, the residence also comes with a fascinating literary connection.
It was built for the third-great-grandfather of the American writer Walt Whitman, all the way back in 1697. It’s a mere block or two from Walt Whitman High School and just down the street from Walt Whitman Shops—a mall that takes its name from the favorite son of Huntington, NY.
Other notable historic homes this week include a Pennsylvania farmhouse from 1730 that stood in the middle of the Battle of Valley Forge and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to the North, and also as a bootlegger’s outpost during Prohibition.
For even more Americana, there’s also a former tavern built in 1731 in New York that once hosted the nation’s founding father, President George Washington.
For a full look at all of this week’s historic gems, simply scroll on down.
Year built: 1697
Stately Colonial: Sitting on more than 4 private acres close to the heart of town, this stately five-bedroom home in Suffolk County was built for Walt Whitman’s third-great grandfather.
It’s located just blocks from the poet’s birthplace and offers a “commanding presence.” Said to be ideal for entertaining, the property also features a one-bedroom guest cottage, a renovated barn with five horse stalls, and a three-car garage.
Year built: 1730
Valley Forge Revolutionary: This old stone farmhouse was expanded in 1750 and again in 1830, to create its current five-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot footprint.
It sits about five minutes away from Valley Forge National Historic Park and has seen its share of American history. Beyond its proximity to battles in the Civil War, it also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
In the 20th century, this 1.5-acre parcel with its own spring-fed pond was a hub for bootlegging during Prohibition.
Year built: 1730
Preserved Colonial: Owned and loved by the same family for the past 40 years, this four-bedroom, 3,015-square-foot Colonial has retained plenty of antique charm.
It still has its original basement-to-attic walnut panels, wide-plank floors, center-chimney design, hand-hewn beams, and iron-latched doors. It is designed for family and entertaining, and highlights include a finished attic with a bedroom suite and additional storage.
Year built: 1731
Sandstone Cottage: Located in Rockland County near the Hudson River, this stone home is said to be the oldest recorded home in town.
According to the Piermont Historical Society’s research, this former tavern also played host to the United States’ first president. Today, the two-bedroom,1,100-square-foot home features fresh paint and a brick courtyard surrounded by gardens. And it’s just 25 minutes by car into Manhattan.
Year built: 1740
Conditions unknown: Fixer-upper—or teardown? This antique has stood for centuries, but it might be ready for the wrecking ball.
Beyond the ramshackle residence, the property’s 4.7 acres are where the true potential lies. The home and the barn aren’t even considered safe to enter and are for sale as is.
Year built: 1749
Red schoolhouse: Reinvented many times over the centuries, this former schoolhouse is currently a stylish two-bedroom, 1,396-square-foot residence.
Highlights include updated bathrooms and a fresh kitchen. Original features, like wide-plank floors and fireplaces, provide a bit of charm. The 1.7-acre property includes an electric fence for privacy and security and a detached two-car garage.
Year built: 1750
Woodhull/Tyler home: Three wood-burning fireplaces, wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and many other original features will appeal to historic property lovers.
Situated on a landscaped acre, the three-bedroom home also has central air conditioning, a new roof, and new kitchen appliances.
Year built: 1750
Post and beam: Mountain views surround this three-bedroom farmhouse near the Connecticut border.
Inside, there’s central air and a fireplace, as well as a wood-burning stove. For an aspiring developer, the sale price also includes two additional parcels close to the Taconic State Parkway.
Year built: 1756
Beattystown Mill Estate: Fascinating architecture, stone walls, wood beams, and two stone fireplaces are just a few of the historic details in this multilevel home.
Featuring a wide-open floor plan, the three-bathroom, 3,285-square-foot residence also comes with a delicious surprise—a private pub for entertaining. The property of almost an acre also has lovely views from the home’s many balconies.
Year built: 1756
Unique charmer: Rustic and ready for a new owner, this two-level residence is a vintage charmer that also happens to be quite affordable.
Inside the two-bedroom home, you’ll find wooden beams overhead, stone walls, and an enormous stone fireplace. From the balcony, there are views of the adjacent Musconetcong River.