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NY Home Built by Walt Whitman’s Ancestors in 1697 Is the Week’s Oldest Home

An antique home in Huntington, NY, built by Walt Whitman‘s third great-grandfather is the oldest property to hit the market this week on®.

The ancestral home of the “Leaves of Grass” poet sits on a 4-acre parcel. It offers six bedrooms and period details, including four working fireplaces, restored wood flooring, and built-ins for storage.

Other vintage homes up for sale this week include the former home of Rhode Island’s “Apple King,” the Amos Peck Homestead in Connecticut, and a Federal stone farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

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

1. 356 W Hills Rd, Huntington, NY

Price: $1,680,000
Year built: 1697
In the Walt Whitman family tree:
The main home on this property was built by the ancestors of the famed poet.

Other structures were added over the years, including a three-car garage, five-stall horse barn, and one-bedroom cottage. Many historic details remain while the kitchen and bathrooms were modernized.

Huntington, NY

2. 509 Hamburg Rd, Lyme, CT

Price: $295,000
Year built: 1700
Original home of the Willow Tavern:
The historic main house and several outbuildings on 1.35 buildable acres sit next to the Eight Mile River.

The property is being sold as is, with the three-bedroom home needing some updates. That’s reflected in the affordable price tag.

Lyme, CT

3. 85 Austin Ave, Smithfield, RI

Price: $689,000
Year built: 1710
The Waterman-Winsor House: 
This is the former home of T.K. Winsor, Rhode Island’s “Apple King.”

It’s fitting that the exterior color of the home is apple red. The four-bedroom house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features many 18th-century details, including gunstock posts and beams, beaded casings, wide-plank pine floors, chair rails, paneled doors, and eight working fireplaces. There are also three barns and a former cider mill on the property.

Smithfield, RI

4. 865 Haverhill St, Rowley, MA

Price: $950,000
Year built: 1723
The Jonathan Dickinson Home: 
This four-bedroom home has been well-preserved and updated over the years.

Original details include the wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and five fireplaces. The home has been expanded, and there’s a new heating system and roof.

Rowley, MA

5. 905 Main St, West Newbury, MA

Price: $899,900
Year built: 1724
Elm Shadow Farm: 
This unique home features high ceilings, large windows, and king pine floors throughout.

It’s cozy, too. There are three wood-burning fireplaces in this three-bedroom home on nearly an acre of land. Updates over the years include a custom kitchen with a Viking stove and fireplace as well as a butler’s pantry. A space over the garage comes with a separate entrance and can be used as a home office, in-law unit, or guest suite.

West Newbury, MA

6. 52 Wilton Rd E, Ridgefield, CT

Price: $1,150,000
Year built: 1725
Country home with guest cottage:
This spacious five-bedroom home has been expanded over the centuries.

Historic details that remain include wide-board wood flooring in the living and dining rooms as well as exposed beams and a double-sided fireplace. The modernized kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, a granite-topped island, and a breakfast room with a gas fireplace.

Ridgefield, CT

7. 1827 Chamberlain Hwy, Berlin, CT

Price: $225,000
Year built: 1735
Amos Peck Homestead: 
This affordable residence is one of the oldest homes in the South Kensington neighborhood.

The 3,094-square-foot home features four original working fireplaces, a brick beehive oven, and wide-plank hardwood floors. The delightful dining room comes with a built-in corner hutch and a fireplace. An attached three-room apartment offers income potential.

Berlin, CT

8. 2 Hickory Ln, Kensington, NH

Price: $475,000
Year built: 1737
New England Colonial:
This 2.2-acre property features one of the few remaining cobbler sheds in Kensington.

The main house comes with fireplaces, built-ins, and beautiful paneling. There’s also a two-car garage barn and workshop plus a separate studio with a full bath.

Kensington, NH

9. 134 Walnut Ave, North Hampton, NH

Price: $999,000
Year built: 1740
Enormous garage and workshop:
This four-bedroom home features many period details, including two wood-burning stoves, wood floors, and exposed beams.

The second-floor primary bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and a private balcony that overlooks the 2.5-acre lot. There’s also an oversized garage with radiant floor heating and a workshop on the property.

North Hampton, NH

10. 946 Goram Rd, Brogue, PA

Price: $1,200,000
Year built: 1747
Federal stone farmhouse:
There are three dwellings on this 52-acre property, including a Scottish-Irish log barn that’s listed on Airbnb.

The rustic farmhouse features original exposed wooden beams and wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout. On the property, there’s also a centennial mill once owned by Capt. Joseph Reed during the Revolutionary War. It houses original equipment used for grinding wheat.

Brogue, PA

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