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1888 – Stockbridge, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 11/29/14 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 45 Comments
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  • $449,000
  • 6 Beds
  • 2 Bath
  • 3344 Sq Ft
  • 7.68 Ac.
This Victorian farmhouse has 5 bedrooms, library w/ fireplace, living/dining room, kitchen w/ pantry, a summer kitchen with larder and a spacious 1 bedroom apartment on 7 acres.Built in 1888, this home offers the buyer a wonderful opportunity for an extensive restoration, tailoring the property to their own specific needs with special period details.Surrounded by conservation land.
Sold By
Scott Sawyer, Stone House Properties      (413) 232-4253
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45 Comments on 1888 – Stockbridge, MA

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Links in the references to more photos of the family and a written history.

  2. AvatarTodd says: 9 comments

    What a time capsule.

  3. mschris32mschris32 says: 89 comments

    Wow! What an amazing house. “Time capsule” is the perfect description. The furnishings are absolutely perfect, and I LOVE that kitchen. Not a trace of stainless steel, or granite, or awful cabinetry. Man, I like this house.

  4. Avatarscott says: 65 comments

    love the kitchen… how cool..

  5. AvatarLaurie says: 1602 comments

    Kelly, I’ve spent an hour reading the woman’s notes, looking at the house, old photos, & touring on google. A happy hour, I have to say. What a wonderful history of warm hardworking lives & love for a house & property. Reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s & mothers memories of Nebraska, same attitudes & similar values. I love the kitchen(s), pantry, larder, bathroom of this place — almost want to preserve it in amber! Gorgeous gorgeous land surrounding it too — good news much of it is conservation land. This was a real treasure! Thank you.

  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    More to my tastes with a strong flavor of authenticity. Even though it seems more rustic without paint, I’d strongly advise protecting the exterior with paint-in muted colors if necessary. Otherwise, don’t change a thing inside.

  7. AvatarMW says: 725 comments

    Pretty cool. Looks to be straight out of the 1930’s – 40’s. I can almost smell grandma’s pies baking right now.

    That reminds me, there is some leftover pumpkin pie that needs to be taken care of.

    Me heading to the kitchen! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  8. AvatarBetsy says: 168 comments

    I love it – the setting is dream like, the summer kitchen + pantry + larder – all to die for . I feel kinda sad, it is so lovely.

  9. AvatarNancy says: 7 comments

    This home is so neat, I can hardly stand it! It truly is like stepping back in time. Love the furnishings, the rooms, etc. I hope it sells to someone who will love it for years to come.

  10. AvatarBob H says: 112 comments

    Absolutely perfect as is. Well protect the exterior and add a few posies. Wow I am in LOVE.

  11. DougDoug says: 86 comments

    Have you ever seen so much patina in one place? Wouldn’t it be the crowning glory to open the barn doors and find the old Buick station wagon in there. The kitchen could be easily restored……with a damp sponge and gentle wiping 😉

  12. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The house has been allowed to age very gracefully, though a good deal of the time capsule feel is due to the tasteful touch of the present owners and their wonderful collection of country furniture, books, crockery and other things that add to the character of the place; the no-flash photography helps some too. Stockbridge and Berkshire County are very pleasant and very expensive, and since this is about dreams I won’t get into the issues with this property except to say James Taylor was very close by when he came through:
    Now the First of December was covered with snow
    And so was the Turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
    Lord, the Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frostin’
    With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go

  13. Avatarchristy says: 63 comments

    I made this one a favorite. Thanks for posting this one, Kelly!

  14. AvatarG S says: 26 comments

    I don’t see myself living in a place this primitive, but it is a time capsule and is so beautiful in its “rustic-ness”, simplicity, and character. When I envision an old farm house in the country, this is it!

  15. AvatarHouse Crazy Sarah says: 1 comments

    This is truly amazing. To have a house in this condition is just scintillating for us old house lovers!! The hand-written history…. wonderful. I hope this home finds a new owner who appreciates what is there.

  16. JulieCJulieC says: 198 comments

    Absolutely wonderful. I feel like I have stepped back in time or am a little girl again visiting my great grandmother in her big old house by the railroad tracks.

  17. AvatarBob H says: 112 comments

    the old black and white photos of the family who lived there way back when are wonderful! That snowy pic made me think of “Little Women”.

  18. AvatarZoie says: 49 comments

    Oh my! What a gorgeous home. The patina is so pristine it resembles a movie set. I love the vintage photos. I wonder if the original gingerbread from the gables is around?

  19. AvatarCookie says: 14 comments

    What a wonderful house with an interesting story. It is a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

  20. AvatarRobertcn says: 63 comments

    Wow….. The American dream. I would want to purchase everything in those kitchens and pantrys with the house! Wouldn’t change a thing.

  21. RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Soooo rich. Such a beautiful, authentic, very human home. Just gorgeous. All of the color choices blend so elegantly with the historic finishes. Someone here has very good taste. And the stoves! Oooh lawd, I’d love to have that V.C. Defiant, generation one, parlor stove. It’s a gem. Un-restored those go for $800 bux. I reeeeeeally want one. Dreamy, bucolic surroundings; outstanding, warm, inviting spaces; and the overwhelming sense of human kindness make this property a true dream. Delightful…

  22. AvatarChristineschulze says: 29 comments

    Just charming! This is a dream time caapsule! We are currently working hard to position ourselves to be buyers instead of lookers. Hope we can come across a ‘time capsule’ this nice. LOVE THIS SITE!! Had a peep at the demolished ones, heartbreaking. Cant look at those again, left me depressed. Im suprised at how many are affordable and doable. Great for future empty nestors looking for a new “lifes work”. OHD is a treasure of info, THANKS!

  23. AvatarRichard Willis says: 10 comments

    I would love to own this amazing home.

  24. AvatarSharon says: 46 comments

    By the looks of that enamelware pan in the sink, someone just finished off the last of the blackberry cobbler.

  25. AvatarJules says: 54 comments

    Thank you, Kelly, for this blog…..in a culture obsessed by glamour and Ikea and major league everything, this is a “site” for sore eyes…and the comments here are breaths of fresh air….. I found my people. : )

  26. Avatarekaty103 says: 2 comments

    The home is beautiful and there is such a sense of history just looking through the pictures. My favorite thing though is the written history of the place. What a treasure!

  27. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    I woke up too early this morning, so I’ve been sitting here drinking coffee and reading about this house.
    So wonderful. I’m so grateful to all of the owners who have loved and protected it.

    Perfect way to start my day. 🙂

  28. AvatarAnn says: 100 comments

    Great house, and love all the “STUFF” inside of it.

  29. Mike EMike E says: 181 comments

    Houses like this have become nearly extinct over the past few decades as the folks who owned them in the 30s and 40s passed away. This house is a little larger than my great-grandparents’ farmhouse in Illinois, but it is almost like looking at pictures from my early boyhood. My g-grandma sold the farm in the early 80s to a young couple who promptly “remuddled” it: small vinyl windows, vinyl siding, deck/pool in the front yard, etc. I always had a dream of buying it back and restoring it, but the new owners’ shoddy work also extended to their wiring; the house burned to the ground in the mid-90s, and was promptly replaced by a double-wide trailer. I hope that this house ends up with someone who will love and preserve it…

  30. Mike EMike E says: 181 comments

    OK, maybe I am a little obsessed with this house and it’s story, but since I am already owned by a big old house a thousand miles from this one, I know it will pass just like my teenage crush on Farrah Faucett in the late 70s 🙂 . I did a little more research on this place, and the lady that is currently offering it for sale is the one who bought it from the Palmer sisters 60 years ago! According to the “History” link, the current owner and her husband already had 3 children when they bought the farm, so I would estimate that she must be at least in her late 80s now; being the elderly 2nd owner of an 19th century home explains why this place looks so authentic: because it IS authentic! I’ll bet all those mason jars in years past held beans and tomatoes and strawberry preserves…wouldn’t it be great if someone who is obsessed with our nation’s rural past were to buy this place, furniture, crocks, pans and all, and then preserved it like this for another generation?

  31. SueSue says: 1175 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    You can tell the Palmer sisters loved to garden. I would restore the grounds back to the way they had it. It’s gone wild but I bet there are remnants still there to work with. The outside begs for old fashioned perennials.

    The only thing I would do to the outside of the house is repair and weatherize as needed. Otherwise I would leave it alone. Inside, and I don’t want to upset anyone, I would brighten it up a bit with paint. I have to admit I find the authentic dark colors rather dreary. Maybe some vintage wall paper in some of the bedrooms. Other than that it and the apartment are perfect.

  32. AvatarRonda says: 25 comments

    Thank you for this posting, Kelly. I read the lovely letter and wished that I could have met this beautiful woman. I love this site; it grounds me! I check it all day, everyday! I am very grateful for all that you do to make this what it is, which makes my world so much better!

  33. Phyllis CaldwellPhyllis Caldwell says: 44 comments

    Kelly, I’m so happy to come across this wonderful home and especially to have read Miss Palmer’s memoirs! How very, very charming to read of life on this farm in the lovely Berkshires. I especially enjoyed reading about all the wonderful food they ate (esp. the ice cream) and the bounty of the land. Hard work I’m sure, but well worth it. You can tell she adored her brother, Will. A wonderful glimpse into a time past. Just utterly charming! Thanks Kelly for all you do on this amazing site. So glad I found you!

  34. AvatarKevin says: 1 comments

    My Dad talked about his visits there with his Mom Edith Jackson. His Grandmother was Mary P Palmer. I would love to have a tour of the place. My Dad talked so much about it. Can you help me with who to contact ?
    Many thanks

  35. AvatarTim says: 2 comments

    Hi Kelly,
    I bought the Palmer Farm on March 1st and started a blog to record the restoration of the place. It is http://www.tangledweed.com. Thanks for hosting pictures of these old houses. Great site. Tim

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congratulations! That’s awesome! Looking forward to following your progress!

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Good luck, Tim & Missy! That’s a fine old place!

      I see you poked fun at the optimistic Old House Dreamers. Although some repairs might be expected for any unrestored old home, the listing info didn’t suggest the need for replacing beams and pouring new footings in the first month of ownership! That’s probably why you bought the property at a substantial discount.

      You may want to download the history info to your own site because the mls links could disappear shortly.

      • AvatarTim says: 2 comments

        Hi Jim,
        The septic failed on both the house and the barn apartment, prior to my offer, which explains the price discount. The other issues were hidden but not unexpected. I wasn’t so much poking fun at the Old House Dreamers as pointing out that you have to face a project like this with your eyes wide open or you will find yourself very disappointed very quickly. In the first 45 days I’ve dealt with failed septics, burst pipes, leaky propane heaters, deep mud, defective furnace, leaks, water in the basement to name a few issues. This my seventh old house restoration so I’m realistic about costs, etc.

    • MikeEMikeE says: 181 comments
      1886 Queen Anne Victorian

      Congratulations on your new old home. This house caught my attention, and then held it, like few other houses I’ve seen. I will be following your blog, and look forward to seeing your progress.

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