Federal – Cherry Valley, NY

Off Market / Archived
Posted June 2016. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 6/2/16   -   Last OHD Update: 9/22/19   -   15 Comments

48 Alden St, Cherry Valley, NY 13320

  • $85,000
  • 5194 Sq Ft
  • 0.34 Ac.
Post and Beam construction with stone foundation. Large entry hall, Library with period arches and fireplace mantle, sewing room with fireplace, banquet room, sitting room, galley kitchen, period cooking hearth, molding, six panel doors, 12/12 windows, attached carriage house. The upstairs features dressing room, large meeting hall, and two large attic spaces. This property in recent time served as the IOOF - Rebekah Lodge. Formerly a fine family home owned by the Seeleys and Livingstones among others. A great opportunity for an historical restoration.
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15 Comments on Federal – Cherry Valley, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11463 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
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    Thanks Cora for sharing!

  2. Robinjn says: 249 comments

    Oh I am sad for this house. Such gorgeous bones but such ugly alterations. I hope it finds someone who will respect its age and the beauty underneath the awful.

  3. Laurie W. says: 1750 comments

    What sad things happened to this house. It’s at least still standing but what a pleasure it would be to pull out the unhappy features it has accumulated. Zillow says built in 1800 & some elements look about that age. There’s a good house under all that stuff. I don’t know whether it would pay to put the necessary money into it, but I’d love to see it happen.

  4. Victoria Webb says: 135 comments

    I looked at land/houses in Cherry Valley back in 2006/2007. The town has some great older and historic homes, but it’s still struggling to attract growth. This 1812 beauty is currently for sale: http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Town-of-Cherry-Valley-NY/31626399_zpid/399032_rid/any_days/42.811443,-74.73542,42.785276,-74.76619_rect/14_zm/?3col=true

  5. JimHJimH says: 4750 comments
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    The oldest part of the house is the rear section built around 1790 by lawyer Isaac Seeley, one of the founders of the village. Previously a remote rural valley, this was the site of the infamous Cherry Valley Massacre in 1778 during the Revolution, and the house and cemetery next door stand on the site of the frontier fort.
    It’s thought that Seeley added the front section of the house around 1825. The house was later purchased by aristocrat Jacob Livingston and his 2nd wife Levantia White, the daughter of an influential physician and landowner here. They didn’t mingle much with the locals, though they built a school and spread their money around, for which the folks were grateful. They had a daughter named Levantia who married well, and by 1860 the household wealth was $190,000 by their estimate, a lot of money 150 years ago. Their descendants owned the house and lived here well into the 20th century.
    The Odd Fellows used the place for 75 years and obviously didn’t treat it very well. Let’s hope someone is inspired by the history and brings the place back to life.

  6. JullesJulles says: 523 comments

    I agree with Laurie and Robin, such a sad house. It would be hard to put it back to the way it was. Hopefully, someone has some knowledge of the original floor plan and the miracle of a photo or two of the rooms.
    I have heard of the Odd Fellows but who are they what do they believe and what is the Rebekah Lodge?

    • Diane says: 525 comments

      The Odd Fellows is a men’s philanthropic organization and the Rebekah is the women’s portion of the group. An old organization with membership declining in recent times.

  7. Steve H says: 159 comments

    I think there’s a lot of potential. It seems like it’s more a matter of removing later additions rather than restoring lost features. In the barn picture you can see some old doors that were saved.

  8. Diane says: 525 comments

    I guess I saw the Odd Fellows alterations as cover-ups more than hopelessly destroying. Hopefully, the original siding is still under the wrap. Wood floors under the linoleum. Plaster under the ceiling covering. Shutters stored in the basement. The fact that the woodwork, fireplaces, floors and old glass remain is a good sign. Also it looks like the OF were pack rats and that usually means things weren’t thrown away, they were stored. An exciting prospect for this old home.

  9. John Shiflet says: 5241 comments

    Thanks Jim for coming to the rescue with a historical narrative of this long used property. There were so many different periods of details I wasn’t even going to try to guesstimate the date(s). It will take a creative individual with money and vision to maximize the potential here. Since its steeped in local history preserving it seems like a worthy endeavor. (a lot of house and history for less than $100k) I’d be curious to see what someone does with this place; hopefully they will create a blog with photos as work progresses.

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