c. 1790 – Woodstock, CT

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555 Route 197, Woodstock, CT 06281

  • $159,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2432 Sq Ft
  • 4.6 Ac.
RESTORE HISTORY or REBUILD the FUTURE! Opportunity to restore this 1790 Revolutionary War era Colonial, rumor has it that this home was once used as a cobbler factory still equipped with pulley to 2nd floor workshop area. Original portion of home is 2432 sq. ft. w/5BR's and attached to barn. Original wide plank floors throughout with a fireplace in each room (not all working). Tons of history & character! Addition to home (ELL), has an attached suite w/another approx. 1,500 sq. ft., equipped to be an apartment with a Kitchen, 2 + bedrooms, 1 BA and 2 floors of bonus rooms and workshops. Too many rooms to list. Nestled in the heart of Woodstock and on just under 5 acres. Property being sold "AS IS where is", conventional financing will not work. This is a beauty to restore or rebuild on a great piece of land in perfect location. Must see to appreciate.
Contact Information
Christopher Campolito, RE/MAX,
(508) 799-4900

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13 Comments on c. 1790 – Woodstock, CT

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  1. KarenB says: 315 comments

    My kind of house. Possibilities are endless. So much room, lovely, lovely place.

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3430 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Wow, this place should be a museum! I just love it. I hope the right person buys it and restores it.

  3. MW says: 902 comments

    Oooh, I really like that barn!

  4. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1061 comments

    Wouldn’t this be a dream project for someone who doesn’t have to worry about financing it? Wow!

  5. Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

    Beauty!! Original woodwork, especially on the stairs, how rare it survived. And that FABULOUS barn. This would easily become a labor of love & an obsession with me; wish I could grab it.

  6. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    Restore for the future? No. Keep and preserve.

    • Preservation Matters says: 96 comments

      Agree Jennifer! Unfortunately, the house is not in the Woodstock Historic District nor on the state or national registers and the realtor is capitalizing on that fact. I visited this home and it is breathtaking! It does need work but the school system is excellent and the surrounding area bubolic.

  7. MW says: 902 comments

    Looks livable and actually lived in to me. I wonder why it says conventional financing won’t work. Seems like it can’t be far off from being fixed to the point that it at least can be financed. It isn’t like it is gutted and roof has holes in it and all that.

    • Preservation Matters says: 96 comments

      The realtor said cash is required but I think you can get a 203K. There is a mixture of circuit breakers and fuses. Also, probably asbestos tile in the downstairs bathroom. Some of the outbuildings appear to need structural work and the barn needs restoration as well. There is an older gentleman living there now. He moved to the home with his parents and siblings, back in the 50’s – at least according to the realtor. I hope, whoever purchases this home, honors its history.

      The ell was moved from across the street some years ago. It was a cobbler’s workshop and I believe the apartment used to be part of the shop. So much charm! There is even a 3-seater outhouse. You can go from the house, through the ell and a warren of rooms and walkways and into the garage without ever stepping foot outside.

      • Nealy says: 1 comments

        Saw this home a few years ago when it was listed. Entire main house needs to be jacked up, sils replaced. Lots of rot and the water issues were not addressed. Massive work. And the heat didn’t work in most of the house so probably new systems needed as well. Sad that the house has been so neglected. It’s right on a very busy road/intersection, but a lovely town.

  8. BigRog says: 161 comments

    Wow…history galore. If only walls could talk. I’d love the opportunity to restore this home and outbuildings. Absolutely gorgeous.

  9. JTG says: 39 comments

    Woodstock is a nice part of the world, and on a good day maybe 1:20 from downtown Boston. Eastern Connecticut has many of these minimally-touched gems. I saw one of these 18th century massive central chimney colonials in Woodstock back in the ’80s, that never even had electricity a that point. Great horse country.

  10. JosephFortHill says: 422 comments

    Went by this one today; looks very nice in person, looked like some work and/or clean up being done, but still had a for sale sign.

    I think my main concern would be about the septic; the positioning of the house on the lot could make this problematic if there is not an adequate, functioning one in place (which seems unlikely).


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