c. 1742 – Woodstown, NJ

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68 N Main St, Woodstown, NJ 08098

  • $149,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3200 Sq Ft
  • 0.28 Ac.
The "Joseph Shinn House" circa 1742 is a rare example of 18th century frame architecture. In 1978 this property was entered on the State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places due to the historic and architectural significance it holds. The State and National Registers give a measure of protection to the property from encroachment of or destruction by any federal, state, county or municipally initiated or funded project without due process of law. This 12 room, 2.5 bath home was originally built as a one-room wide by 2-room deep 2 1/2 story "town house". The southern portion (Family room) of the house is supposed to be a 17th century Indian trading post which was moved to its current location in the late 1700's. The northern portion (dining room) was added prior to 1820. Throughout the home there are many original fireplaces, windows, doors, hardware and wide-board pumpkin pine floors. The outstanding feature of the exterior is the Georgian entry with its original divided "Dutch" door and circular fan light. The most significant features of the interior are the front reception hall and fireplace, the bedroom above and the "sheep & Shears" fire back in the keeping room fireplace. Detailed house plans prepared by the WPA in 1946 are available to interested buyers. The house has been vacant for a year due to settling the estate of the previous owner. The new buyer will be responsible for all certifications necessary to secure financing. The listing agents encourage all history buffs to consider this home as it is one of the oldest homes, if not the oldest, in the Borough of Woodstown. This is a "AS IS" sale.
Contact Information
Thomas Hollinger, BHHS Fox and Roach Realtors,
(856) 343-6000

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9 Comments on c. 1742 – Woodstown, NJ

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  1. Shelly says: 84 comments

    I really like the period feel of this home. What one could do to this house!

  2. Don says: 446 comments

    What potential, and what a price!

  3. Marion says: 68 comments

    Beautiful, I love this house!

  4. JimHJimH says: 5115 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The house deserves better than it’s received but it could be museum quality with investment and expert attention. Some nice paneling and details. I have to wonder if the copper bandits have already been here with the low price and AS-IS sale.
    HABS drawings (very cool), and NRHP nomination:

  5. Laurie W. says: 1745 comments

    It was a beauty once & could be again. Interesting house. The front-room mantel is unusual. Lovely cabinetwork. It’s on a street of old houses, attractive neighborhood. The price makes restoring it possible — I hope somebody does it well. This historic lady deserves it.

  6. Lynn says: 7 comments

    Love this old place, what potential, what history!

  7. Brosia says: 75 comments

    What a beauty! Great bones to work with and nicely priced, everything looks set for a great restoration. I really hope the new owner sees the potential and makes the most of it.

  8. Melanie says: 1 comments

    Unfortunately, the potential is probably going to be hindered by the historic nature of the home. There are so many rules and regulations when it comes to protected homes like these. Everything not only has to be approved by inspectors, but also the historical societies, as well.

    The place is BEAUTIFUL, though! If you can get everybody on board and someone is willing to put good money into making sure the repairs and renovations are up to code and rules, I can just imagine the possibilities.

  9. ErnieErnie says: 332 comments

    It’s sad…..These homes have stood the test of time, they have done their job to shelter & protect the people who live there for 275 years so the least the people could do besides “live” there is their best to maintain the homes structure, integrity & ability to keep going.

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