If yours is the house I'm familiar with near the historical society on the south side of the main highway, I'm only a few miles away in the west version of your town. Anyway, my suggestion will cost a few dollars but I can…"
I'm a long time old house dreamer and wood worker. I'm a master chairmaker of the Windsor style. I love just about everything about colonial America. I've been fascinated since childhood with anything old and mechanical. Clocks, pocket watches and old hand tools are just a few of the things I collect.
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I've finally found the old house I've been searching for 20 plus years. An 1803 Center Chimney Colonial. Five fireplaces, post and beam, plank walls, a buttery and a cobblestone basement floor. Much of the original horsehair plaster remains, as does much of the original chair rail and wainscotting. Beautiful chestnut floors, and a wonderful beehive oven. The house features an unusual dry pantry. The front foyer of the house never had a staircase. Instead, there is a small door that opens to reveal the dry pantry that is brick lined and complete with a curved brick ceiling. The prior owner made nicely planned upgrades to the heating and electrical while retaining the homes original detail. They enjoyed the home for some 45 years, and now I have become the new caretaker. I plan to remove any small modifications made over the years to bring the home back as close to the 1803 build date as is possible. I'm confident that I was able to purchase this home when the seller realized how passionately I wanted to own it for it's historical significance. During the purchase process she actually turned down a much more favorable offer when she learned the buyer planned to moderized the house. The house is now listed on the New York State and National Registers. Restorations continue.