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Moved in 1950, but Built in 1715: Norton House Is the Week’s Oldest Home

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This week’s oldest home on® dates to 1715, but has only been at its current location for a relatively brief seven decades.

Entirely moved in 1950, the saltbox-style home has persevered for over three centuries and still shines—no matter where it sits.

And it isn’t the only home in our top 10 that’s made a move before landing on its current lot. There’s also a former tavern in New Hampshire that was moved to its present location by a team of 32 oxen.

While we ponder the logistics of acquiring a herd of oxen to move an entire home, we’ll ask you to simply scroll down and soak in the vintage beauty of all 10 of the week’s oldest homes.

1. 200 Pine Orchard Rd, Branford, CT

Price: $549,000
Year built: 1715
Norton House: This vintage saltbox Colonial was moved to its current location on 2.66 acres in 1950.

The three-bedroom, 2,626-square-foot main house features original chestnut floors, wood beams, and several fireplaces. A covered porch off the main house leads to the fenced backyard and the private lake beyond.

On the property, there’s also a wood barn from the 1800s, which was also relocated to the site in 1950, and today features a remodeled apartment.

Branford, CT
Branford, CT

Branford, CT

2. 45 Birch Meadow Rd, Merrimac, MA

Price: $664,500
Year built: 1723
Center-entrance Colonial: Close to downtown, the seacoast, and major highways, this handsome, five-bedroom, 3,221-square-foot Colonial sits on just under 3 acres.

Interior period details include five fireplaces, wide pine floors, and antique woodwork. On the property, there’s also a storage barn, stable, and detached two-car garage.

Merrimac. MA
Merrimac, MA

3. 45 Turkey Hill Rd, Merrimack, NH

Price: $450,000
Year built: 1730
Updated Colonial: This lovely four-bedroom Colonial was renovated in 2017. Offering 2,416 square feet of living space, it sits on over 3 acres close to cities, beaches, and commuter routes.

Inside, an open floor plan includes a kitchen with center island, first-floor den with adjacent bedroom, and a roomy owner’s suite.

Merrimack, NH
Merrimack, NH

4. 145 Dutton Mill Rd, Malvern, PA

Price: $5,250,000
Year built: 1732
Ashbridge Farm: This exquisite 10-acre estate overlooks the Ashbridge Preserve and includes a four-bedroom main house.

Away from the main house, the property features two additional hideaways. There’s a studio with vaulted ceilings known as “The Tavern,” plus a one-bedroom guesthouse. The grounds also include a red clay tennis court and plenty of privacy.

Malvern, PA
Malvern, PA

5. 8 Parker St, Newbury, MA

Price: $649,000
Year built: 1736
Nantucket cottage charm: Near the area’s desirable Upper Green, commuter rail and downtown, this cute three-bedroom cottage is an affordable option in a town where the median home price sits at $849,000.

Inside, the kitchen was recently updated with high-end appliances. There’s a wood stove fireplace in the family room, and built-ins throughout. Out back, there’s a fenced yard, patio, and firepit.

Newbury, MA
Newbury, MA

6. 120 Raymond Ln, North Wales, PA

Price: $999,990
Year built: 1738
Fieldstone farmhouse: Eighteenth-century style meets modern convenience in this three-story, five-bedroom home.

Period details include seven fireplaces, the original staircase, exposed beams, and a beehive oven fireplace. Outside, there’s a porch off the living room, a slate patio, and a soon-to-be-completed three-car garage.

North Wales, PA
North Wales, PA

7. 6 Pearl St, Farmington, CT

Price: $749,900
Year built: 1745
Vintage Colonial: This over half-acre lot is filled with mature specimen trees and lush landscaping, as well as a terrace and a covered portico. For an ideal home office, there’s a detached studio with cathedral ceilings.

Inside the four-bedroom, 3,570-square-foot main house, you’ll find post-and-beam details, chestnut wide-board floors, and an updated kitchen.

Farmington, CT
Farmington, CT

8. 1207 England Creamery Rd, Rising Sun, MD

Price: $549,000
Year built: 1746
Mercer Brown Estate: Built on an original William Penn land grant, this 2.25-acre lot is highlighted by a three-bedroom home that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home and an adorable detached cottage have both been meticulously restored. It won’t be long before a buyer gallops in, because the home is surrounded by farmland ideal for horses.

Rising Sun, MD
Rising Sun, MD

9. 22 Trundlebed Ln, Kensington, NH

Price: $350,000
Year built: 1760
Blake Tavern: Formerly known as the Blake Tavern, this three-bedroom home was moved to its current location by a 32-oxen team in 1862.

It’ll take some work to make this old tavern the toast of the town—the 1,984-square-foot house is being sold as is and will require a buyer with vision. It also comes with a barn that was once a blacksmith’s shop.

Kensington, NH
Kensington, NH

10. 281 W. Main St, Catskill, NY

Price: $395,000
Year built: 1762
Cornelius Bubois House: Situated on over a half-acre in the historic district and overlooking Catskill Creek, this was where the locals celebrated the surrender of the British Gen. Charles Cornwallis in 1781.

The five-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot cottage features exposed beams, a hand-laid brick fireplace, and original wood floors. It’s the perfect combination of easy living and country charm.

Catskill, NY
Catskill, NY

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