c. 1800 Federal – Buckfield, ME

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Added to OHD on 9/6/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   42 Comments
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428 Turner St, Buckfield, ME 04220

  • $79,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1824 Sq Ft
  • 6 Ac.
Highlighted by 6 acres and 600' of road frontage which will allow two extra lots. This home is one of the oldest in Oxford County. Completely cleaned out by very much in need of restoration. No well, no septic and only minimal interior wiring. The setting makes the potential for this house to be an absolute charmer.
Contact Information
Steve Morgan, Steve Morgan Group,
(207) 689-9800

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42 Comments on c. 1800 Federal – Buckfield, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Sunflower & Poppy for sharing!

    • Sunflower & Poppy says: 50 comments

      Thank you Kelly for everything you do with you wonderful site! I love this house and so glad you could post it — hope it can find someone to take it on.

  2. Autumn says: 5 comments

    Extra value is what you get, when you buy Coronet 🙂

  3. Elizabeth says: 1 comments

    The possibilities!

  4. Wendy says: 44 comments

    Wow! What a time capsule of a home. I wonder how recently anyone lived in it. It seems like someone might have lived there very rustically up until recently. It’s a beautiful home and makes me want to know the history! There’s not much going on in Buckfield, Maine, though!

  5. Gail says: 35 comments

    What a diamond in the rough!!!!! Perfect to restore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jennifer HT says: 745 comments

    OMG an outhouse!!! GAG! Rustic is an understatement. LOL! This house probably needs a complete overhaul (plumbing electric, and more) but will be AMAZING when done. I kinda a get a creepy vibe, but not in a bad way. I can’t put my finger on it.

    • Annabelle says: 82 comments

      I got that same feeling about it and also can’t explain why. I thought that couldn’t possibly be an outhouse, but apparently it is!

      • Claudia says: 28 comments

        I think it’s that uncertainty that this house carries of “Does someone live here now? Or has no one been here for years?” It’s hard to tell. There’s a broom, a new bucket, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and the lawn looks recently mowed. I’ve explored many abandoned houses that had that weird vibe where you can’t imagine someone currently inhabiting the place but there’s dishes in the cabinets (as there are here) and you don’t know if the inhabitants just left and may return at any moment or if they’re long gone never to return. It’s a bit unsettling. One house I explored was partially crushed by a tree and you can tell the family just left and never walked back inside. The house was trashed in the living room but the kitchen had little porcelain ducks on the windowsill and plastic containers of potato salad (3+ years expired, ewww, yes, seriously) sitting on the counter next to an open cabinet full of groceries. They had a thing for sweet and low (there were 3 giant boxes of it) and tabloids which sat open on the kitchen table like someone was going to walk back in, open up some potato salad and check out the latest gossip on Princess Di (this was a while ago).

        The outside looks really amazing and there are some great details inside too, I love a lot of the furniture – those beds! Swoon!

  7. Ross says: 2416 comments

    Oh my.

    I think this house is a treasure.

  8. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Lots of houses like this in Maine. There is one around the corner from me. Hasn’t been painted in over 50 years, never been updated, roof has blue tarps on it, porch is falling down but it is still lived in. I wonder if all that wonderful old china comes with the house?

  9. John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

    Something of a time capsule house here. I could very much believe some of the antique beds have been here since they were new. There are a few visible updates from various decades here and there (I think the staircase is a mid-19th century version) but the timber framing seen in the attic would suggest a Federal era origin. A careful deliberate approach to bringing this house gently into the 21st century would be best for the preservation of the house. Six acres are an added bonus. That old buckboard parked out in the field was the late Victorian era Farmer’s equivalent of a pickup truck-this one was probably used by a former resident. Not much needed to comment about the privy, they were still relatively common until after WWII in rural locales. Best if one has to use one to have a generous supply of lime powder on hand for smells and insect control…Ok, TMI, I know.

  10. MW says: 909 comments

    Wow. You’d have to pay me a lot of money to sleep one night in this house as it is. I’d don’t think it is possible, no way I’d be able to do it. Terrified I think would be an understatement.

    Cleaned and restored it could be very beautiful. But it would take some serious cleaning and stripping before I’d be too comfortable in it. Maybe some holy water and sage burning wouldn’t hurt either.

  11. JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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    A comment on this house the other day said,
    “I am now 70 and no one has lived in this house at all in the last 50 years. Before that since I was 4, it was only used 3 or 4 times in the summer. It had a beautiful old barn behind it which the owners let fall down and decay. I am amazed at what good condition the interior is in considering no one has lived there in 3/4 of a century.”

    If the foundation and brick are sound, this could become a living landmark again. Probably one of the oldest homes in the county, and it’s quite dignified and beautiful.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Light and airy too. I love it just the way it is. A bit of cleaning, and this n that, would be enough for me. A fantastic summer retreat for an eccentric purist.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      This house really is a knockout. Too bad the man who built the place, (info.?), didn’t splurge on the nicely crafted door/s with sidelights and that big full fan. That would be really spectacular. The ghost of the original arch may indicate he had originally intended as much and changed his practical, (religious), Yankee mind.

      It immediately brought this one to mind:

  12. Les F says: 80 comments

    I know the house & town. Buckfield is my 2nd favorite town in Maine (Alna, the one I live in, is 1st). There is actually a lot going on in Buckfield – but on a lower level than a big city.
    Note the arch within an arch on the front entry – a special feature of that part of Western Maine. The brick work seems sound, which cuts the cost of the restoration down considerably.

  13. Jerry says: 1 comments

    Great house! A real glimpse into the past. I am distantly related to the Hall family from Buckfield Maine – anyone know who owned/built this place? Love this site!!

  14. Lori says: 108 comments

    This is a beautiful brick home. Wow! I hope someone will restore it! Expected the interior to be empty but how strong to find dishes all nicely arranged on the shelf! There really needs to be more of a state or federal effort to help people preserve historical homes…

  15. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership says: 1058 comments

    She must have been a beauty in her younger days … and I too wonder about that china, that alone could be worth the cost of the house if it’s deemed a collectable. I love the house, but way too many projects … but if I had the money and I could hire a authentic restorer to do the the work, I surely would.

  16. Add a well and a generator, or solar panels and you are well on your way. You could mold her into anything you wised..Great potential.

  17. KevinB says: 116 comments

    great old bones but wow this one needs so much work and money invested into it. a well, septic, wiring and plumbing will set you back about as much as the cost of the house and then you have to start fixing up all the cosmetic stuff. hard to justify that investment in an area with not much of an economy – you don’t have a large pool of potential buyers if you want to sell down the road. but you certainly would have a charming old house for the efforts.

  18. GoddessOdd says: 343 comments

    I love this house and everything in her. I don’t get a creepy vibe at all, just maybe a lonely vibe. It would be too much for me to take on, I think, as a retirement project, but I wish I could save her. AND the buckboard. And the privy, just from a historical standpoint. I would hope not to have to rely on that 🙂

  19. Kay says: 62 comments

    If I were a history teacher, I would show these old homes to my students. What a history lesson they could teach just by the pictures and how people use to live.

  20. Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

    Good comment, Kay. So sad to see a nice old place like this allowed to get into such condition. It obviously was once pretty & dignified, probably for a century & a half the center of a family farm. Seems many people hang onto a house while it could be sold & cared for; when it’s almost too late, THEN decide to sell. Too bad. The buckboard would be so cool restored! I’m curious about the house’s layout — the photo of 4 doors in a hallway(?) makes me curious.

  21. GoddessOdd says: 343 comments

    This may be a stupid question, but is that back portion a later addition? it doesn’t seem to go with the main building at all, but maybe it’s the kitchen, and wasn’t supposed to.

    LOVE the stoves, all of them. Someone would pay good money for that old range in the kitchen (wonder if it still works). Is that a linoleum on the upstairs landing, or is that a painted rug?

    I was a docent and housekeeper in a historic residence in Central Florida, We would have been THRILLED to have some of these details to show students.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hardly stupid 🙂 The centered service L at the back would be kitchen, scullery, and barnlike frame section, and very likely all original. The wooden “barn” bit at the back would be for dry goods storage, immediate wood supply, and used for a wide variety of kitchen proximate household tasks. No doubt their is a tight little stair down to the bank level where things would start getting muddy. It’s actually a pretty stubby little L for Northern New England prosperous farmer standards. Service and farm rooms can stretch back many rooms deep and all in a line, usually ending in a VAST barn. It was done that way because it gets COLD up there in the winter, and better to have all your household and farming tasks done indoors with at least the unheated spaces as a wind break. Well houses, wood storage rooms, smoke houses, privy’s, etc. would all be attached to one another in descending order of messiness, with the dirty and stinkier back towards the barn – mostly :-). Feels like this house is missing most of all that really.

      Like this, the nicely preserved version,(with really great stoves):

      The posh “town” version;

      Here’s the “plastic”, adaptive re-use version;

      Pretty cool – COLD. Cheers! J.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN


      • GoddessOdd says: 343 comments

        Thanks Rosewater, I never would have thought of the importance of the service rooms. Here in Florida, this is never a problem, and our barns and privies are located as far from the house as is practical. With our high water table, you might have a spring and/or well house set pretty close to the house, but as you say, the stinkier and muddier the task, the further away from the living quarters, in buildings used for storage, usually in direct sight lines from the house.

      • GoddessOdd says: 343 comments

        You were right about the great stoves! I remember seeing the Sullivan house and thinking how interesting that was, without having any understanding of the purpose of the design. “Bitterly cold” Florida winters rarely reach even into the 20s, but the summer (ok, spring/summer/fall) heat tends to make smelly things even smellier, so a hike to the barn was the norm here 🙂

  22. Diane says: 561 comments

    This home had to get it’s water from someplace. Guessing there’s a dug well someplace close to the house and probably a cistern under the house. Both could have been filled as some local regulations require but perhaps not. Part of the fun of acquiring a house like this is the mysteries that unfold in the process.

  23. Journey47 says: 16 comments

    What a challenge it would be to restore this old girl to her original dignity and upgrade her for modern living. It is sad the house wasn’t put on the market years ago and could have been a wonderful home for several generations. Sometimes families dwindle down to so few members they can’t live in or maintain a large home but family ties and history keep them from letting them go.

  24. Ashley403 says: 76 comments

    There is another Federal on O.H.D. that looks a lot like this one and about the same age https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/09/01/1790-federal-lynchburg-va/ It gives you ideas what this house could look like again. If anyone goes to see the house and the china is still there.It looks like on the bottom shelf they used Newspaper to separate the china if so check for a date to see when the last time the house was occupied.

  25. Michelle Garvin says: 29 comments

    The eastlake beds in it are pretty sweet. The inside gives me the heebie jeebies but if it was fixed up it could be so cool.

  26. Ronald Deane says: 1 comments

    If I was 15 years younger…

  27. KimNKimN says: 41 comments

    Following this beauty and hoping she finds someone to love her again.

  28. Jerry Kenney says: 1 comments

    I visited the house this past week! My daughter and I were in Maine working on researching our family history – and suddenly we came upon the house! I did not get inside but I did peer into windows and walk around her. It’s a nice house and a time capsule. Needs a lot, but I hope someone takes her on. Jerry Kenney

  29. Nancy says: 7 comments

    I really, really love this house, but dose the stove and carriage outside come with home??? I wish the price would go lower, a house like this is perfect.

  30. abevy says: 307 comments

    A good project but will require a lot of funds for mechanicals, well, septic. China does not look to be of any great value. Beds upstairs are nice-would love to have them. But none of this would make a small dent in expenditures. Stove with cleaning, some fixing would probably be OK. Still I like this house too.

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