1753 – Rowley, MA

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Added to OHD on 9/26/10   -   Last OHD Update: 8/10/20   -   2 Comments

48 Pleasant St, Rowley, MA

  • $320,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3008 Sq Ft
  • 3 Ac.
A compelling period antique built in 1753 on king's land grant granted to Josiah Prime in 1645. Period features unspoiled; wide pine floors, summer beams, 4 fireplaces, central chimney, wall of museum quality georgian paneling, early doors and staircases. Victorian el's . needing total restoration by a experienced historian. set on an undivideable 3 acres, with pond, stone walls, quiet street. A restorer's dream, views, surprises remain. Includes approved septic plans . $10,000 credit for new septic.
OHD Notes
11/26/12 Update: As of 2011, this was going to be restored, link. 11/18/16 Update: As of a 2015 street view, it's fallen into further disrepair. street link
8/10/20 Update: Recent street view shows it was indeed restored!
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  1. Rowan says: 2 comments

    I met the man who had owned this home, who had hoped to restore it and to die there. I happened to be exploring the backroads searching for first period architecture when I saw this place. He was in the yard and was so thrilled to see a fellow old house lover, and he invited me to tour the place. He was such a lovely person. We walked the grounds (mostly open meadow, stone walls, lilac, and the small pond). There were even the gravestones of early residents of the home that are still on the property. He could no longer afford to keep the home. I believe his wife was VERY ill, needed to be closer to the hospitals in central massachusetts, and the situation had become untenable. Even back then, when it was not as decrepit as it is now, I remember noticing that one of the summer beams had fallen and was resting on top of one of the windows. Plaster was falling off wood lathe. The exterior of the home was buckling, most likely a compromised frame. The place truly needed to be brought down to frame, then rebuilt/restored, with experienced timber framers present. It made me so sad, mostly because I knew the love this person had for this home, his lifelong dream to live there till he died, and the hope fading from his eyes as that dream was slipping away….

  2. gail says: 90 comments

    Your little story made me sad to see someones dream not coming true. This house is down the road from good friends of ours who also own a large farm by plum island up there. I will ask my husband to look at it when he goes back this July.


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