c. 1834 Gothic Revival – Buckfield, ME

SOLD / Archived From 2015
Added to OHD on 7/7/15   -   Last OHD Update: 10/10/18   -   43 Comments
Address Withheld

Map: Street

Price

$84,000

Beds

5

Baths

3

SqFt

2564

Acres

0.75

In town living with waterfront views. Potential for in laws apartment on the second floor. Beautiful stained glass entry, bright and sunny 3 season front porch. Many uses for the 2 story barn with updated foundation in 2011. 3 bedroom septic system installed in 2007. New wiring in 1998.
Sold By
Rhonda Kenney,
207-743-7958
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43 Comments on c. 1834 Gothic Revival – Buckfield, ME

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  1. RossRoss says: 2311 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Dear Realtor,

    ‘Tis be too cruel, too cruel, to offer such a tantalizing exterior…with zip regarding the interior!

    I am quite vexed!

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  2. twobuffalo says: 52 comments

    Ross, I agree with you… some interior images would be helpful. The three tab shingles are about 25 plus years old, the window molding on some of the recently painted exterior looks very worn (perhaps original molding?)also the person who painted this house (for these images I’m sure) made little or no attempt to scrape off the old flaking paint before it was sprayed. I have a feeling the interior needs tons of work or else it would have been photographed for this posting. With the condition of this roof I could guess that the interior has got some water damage. I hope someone with lots of elbow grease/and some money buys it and brings it back to life!

  3. SuiteKim55SuiteKim55 says: 73 comments

    I agree with Ross. Time for tar and feathers!

  4. Sapphy says: 419 comments

    I got all excited when i saw the exterior of this house. It reminded me of an old church. I scrolled down and my excitement hit a wall when there were no interior photos. That’s never a good sign. This place is about 4 hours from where i live. It’s so tempting to take a long drive….

  5. otterhawkotterhawk says: 37 comments

    My guess is that it’s rented. But if the realtor looks in on us, maybe s/he can arrange for an interior photo shoot so we can see what it looks like on the inside. Nobody can buy a house without seeing interior photos. Real Estate 101.

  6. JimHJimH says: 3808 comments
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    This post reminds me of that Circa old houses site with a few teasing photos, info that makes no sense and some bland enthusiasm. In this case it’s all Kelly has to work with – no criticism intended – Circa does it this way on ALL their posts!
    Maybe someone in the vast network of OHD correspondents can follow up on this one.

  7. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9369 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I only occasional post houses that have no interior photos in hopes that someone will see it that lives in the area and can go get us some, it’s happened before. πŸ™‚

  8. Pam Farinella says: 1 comments

    I would also love to see the interior. I don’t understand why they build roads so close to some of the old homes. I don’t see how they get away with it.

    • JimHJimH says: 3808 comments
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      Pam, it wasn’t a problem to be close to the road when all that passed were a few buggies and a wagon or two. Over the years, the road got wider and wider and the traffic faster and louder!
      It’s hard to find an old house in an in-town New England location that isn’t close to the road and the best ones are often on a main thoroughfare these days.

    • Caroline says: 17 comments

      To add to Jim’s comment, chances are there’s very little traffic to worry about in Buckfield, main road or not. This is a small town in a decent location in Maine, but not on any major thoroughfares. They’re not close enough to the ocean to pick up summer traffic, either.

      The added benefit of being close to the road in such a snowy climate is less to shovel if you need to get out to said road, which they keep well cleared up in Maine.

      I’m in love with the exterior of this place. Like a comment above said, it reminds me of some of the old churches of my youth growing up in New England. If I was in a position to move at the moment I’d be calling the realtor and planning an exploratory trip. This house is only about an hour from Augusta, which is sort of my sweet spot for Maine house hunting. Add in the river on the property and the gardening potential and it’s practically perfect.

  9. christy says: 63 comments

    Not much, but here is a link to a virtual tour with a few more photos.

    http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/mreis/1226817

  10. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9369 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Interior photos added.

    • twobuffalo says: 52 comments

      Can you say …. “lots of work” … I mean LOTS of work for this gem. Thanks Kelly for the images. Nice foundation for the barn. Keep those post coming, I love them!

      • Sapphy says: 419 comments

        Is this a two-family home? There appears to be photos of a kitchen on the second or third floor.

  11. Sara says: 4 comments

    This is an old post, but I’d like to fill you all in on this house. We are closing on it in the next 2 weeks! We got it for a great price. It needs LOADS of work. We are spending about 32000 in repairs. This is a very curious house inside. Unfortunately, you don’t see the details of it until you are there inside. There is a “kitchen” upstairs but its really a bedroom with a sink. It was a studio apartment in the 60’s and was never converted back. ( which was odd since the people we bought it from are a single family) The kitchen is not in the main part of the house, which is odd. Its going to be completely gutted and moved inside, lol. In September while I was visiting it ( we lived in Korea when we bought it, yikes!!) I stopped by the historical society and found out that this house was added on to…alot!But the original design was STUNNING! I have a picture of it from before there was even a road in the front of the house. It started out as a tiny little colonial and then when the gothic revival was popular, the huge wing was added. There is an amazing center chimney that runs under the stairwell. The details in all of the moldings are the same as the front door, sharp arches. The fireplace mantle in the living room also has the same pattern. The earlier parts of the house have more of a greek revival feel to them. We are planning to rip out all of the horrendous “updates” and make this a beautiful show piece. We are even putting the bargeboards back up! Also, all of the original windows are there, just not on the house. Those will be restored as well. As for the yard, the back yard isn’t too bad. We are planning to terrace it. Anyway, there’s your update πŸ˜‰

  12. Mike Mischak says: 2 comments

    Wish you well with the restoration. It is a unique home. There is a lot of history in Buckfield.

  13. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9369 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The pic, thanks Sara!

  14. Sara says: 4 comments

    We are excited about it. It’ll need about 50k worth of work when all is said and done. I love the look of it though. Its just screaming for help. The land is the one downside to it though. Its on .75 acres.
    As crazy as it seems for me to have bought this place….My parents are the crazy people who bought the Buck House (bessey farm) If you know the history and the area at all.

    • JimHJimH says: 3808 comments
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      That’s great, Sara! Good luck with it and enjoy your treasure!

      Excellent photo too! That is the road there; it’s been there forever as shown on the old maps. It probably didn’t get a lot of traffic back in the day, at least before the mill and factory up the road was built.
      Alfred Shaw (1829-1899) lived here for many years after the Civil War. The old History of Buckfield says he went to California, served in the war, came back and bought this place. His grandfather Jotham was one of the early settlers here. (Maybe you knew all that already but I was curious.)
      http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/248/Buckfield+Town++Buckfield+Village/Oxford+County+1880/Maine/
      https://archive.org/details/historyofbuckfie00cole
      http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=163430055

      • Sara says: 4 comments

        You are correct! I meant to say the photo was taken before a real road was there. Thanks for the correction, lol!
        Thank you for that book link, how cool! I was given a little bit of history of the owners. The shaws lived there after a guy named cole. I’ll have to dig out the paperwork tomorrow and see exactly who lived there when. I think shaws daughter lived there her whole life, unmarried. Sort of sad really. that might be why there is an upstairs apartment, I’m not sure. I’ll read that book and see if I can scope anything else out.
        I’m in love with the history of the area. I’m so amazed at the architecture and history around here.

  15. Mark says: 34 comments

    THAT’S GREAT!!

  16. Sara says: 4 comments

    It’s been a while, but we have done so much work on the place and have a million different photos if you are interested in our renovations!

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  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9369 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    After photos added to the comment section, thanks to the new owner.

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    Chestatee, GA

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    • JimHJimH says: 3808 comments
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      Very nice! Imagine the Halloween view with all the Gothic bargeboards in place – maybe next time! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

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    Chestatee, GA

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    Chestatee, GA

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    Chestatee, GA

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  24. RossRoss says: 2311 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Oh! What a thrill!

    Thank you, Sara! Thank you, Kelly!

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  25. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1719 comments

    Wow! A lovely job! πŸ‘πŸΌ

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