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Canton, ME

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46 River Rd Canton, ME 04221

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  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2328 Sq Ft
  • 2 Ac.
Price Reduced. Available 05-09-17, Bids due daily by 11:59 PM Central Time, until sold. HUD OWNED. Case Number: 231-116600. SOLD AS IS. Insurability: Uninsurable. Large farmhouse with attached barn. Nice level front yard. Excellent potential. Come take a look. FHA Financing: UI (Uninsured) 203K Eligible: Yes Buyer selects Closing Agent/Firm. LBP Built prior to 1978 see Lead Based Paint addendum. Finance Terms: FHA, Cash, and Conventional. Price reduced since original listing.
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Daniel Bolling, Dan The Man Real Estate :: (207) 939-8970

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Bethany Otto | 3796 comments
6 years ago

I assume “uninsurable” means in its present condition, and would be insurable after it meets code. I know we bought a tiny cabin in the mountains which was uninsurable until we replaced the roof with a fire-resistant material.

6 years ago

Do you think that it could have started out an Italianate? The windows remind me of that but with the form being Cape Cod, I immediately thought a Colonial. What were you thinking? Also, I never saw that type of porch trim on the top. Maybe the Victorianization happened in the late 1970’s and early 80’s when all things Victorian were in.

CharlestonJohn | 1373 comments
Reply to  Kelly, OHD | 15308 comments
6 years ago

I think maybe mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival judging by the trim detail.

MikeBathrick | 44 comments

Barn is Greek Revival and some trim. Many remodelings over the years, some good, some bad, but Greek Revival seems to be the earliest incarnation.

Joseph Rice | 444 comments
Reply to  Julles | 778 comments
6 years ago

Looks like what I believe is called a “high post” cape from the 1850s era – then likely modernized with the porch trim in the ensuing 19th century years.

This does conjure a mental image; possibly the old photo of what I think was in Maine when it was a similar house used in the 19th century as a club facility? Maybe in a Friday sampler?

John Shiflet
John Shiflet | 7144 comments
6 years ago

I too think this is from the mid-19th century with additions and changes in subsequent years. Interesting scroll sawn ornament on the front porch although it is repetitive. Probably from a decade or two later than the house itself. I appreciate the layout of rural properties in this region which connect the house with its outbuildings so that no one has to walk through heavy snow accumulations in the winter. With 2 acres and a large barn it looks suitable for many uses.

Ken | 65 comments

Tom Hubka wrote a book about connected farm buildings. The center of this trend was in Maine where Tom summers on an old farm. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connected_farm
I have his book and I asked him to come speak at our historical society in 2009. A very interesting guy to talk to as we rode around the town to find all the connected farm buildings. He said the main reason they connected them was because of the various industries farmers did besides farming, since crop could only be grown in good weather. It did raise fire concerns as you could loose your whole property from a single fire accident.

Mary Brammer | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">31 comments</span>
Mary Brammer | 31 comments
Reply to  Ken | 65 comments | 65 comments
6 years ago

We currently live in MT and the connected farm buildings is something really desirable during the winter months when you have to go out in a snow storm to feed and water the animals (once inside the barn it is quite warm due to the animals giving off heat, but the trek between the house and barn can be a killer during a blizzard). The only drawback is during the summer when the flies can travel from the barn to the house if all the intersecting doors are left open at the same time (generally there is a hallway with doors on either end plus one leading outside).

John Shiflet
John Shiflet | 7144 comments
Reply to  Ken | 65 comments | 65 comments
6 years ago

Thanks Ken for the connected farm article link. My knowledge of this kind of farm structural layout is rudimentary. (I’ve never visited any part of the northeast, regrettably) In the article, the connected farm concept is said to have come from England and Wales. The use of wood for structures there is limited compared to the U.S. (the use of stone and brick was preferred) so concerns about the spread of fires from one structure to the next was less compared to all wood structures.

6 years ago

In the 1870’s this house was the centerpiece of a 1200 acre hobby farm owned by Manhattan furniture dealer Warren Ward. He called the place Herdsdale Farm and bred Jersey cattle, pigs and sheep there.
Here’s a nice shot of the cupola with weather vane on the barn:

PattiR | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">1 comments</span>
PattiR | 1 comments
Reply to  JimH | 8411 comments
6 years ago

Thank you, Jim. From what I have been told, this house was owned by the people who lived in the actual Herdsdale Farm/estate which is just down the road. This house supposedly was where some of the hired help lived. There is a lot of history surrounding this beautiful home. Tom Thumb was a family friend of the people who owned the Herdsdale and he used to visit often there in the summer months.

Colleen Johnson | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">1012 comments</span>
Colleen Johnson | 1012 comments
6 years ago

I think this is a really cute house (colors can be changed) Nice property!

Ray Unseitig | 282 comments
6 years ago

Attached barn, good idea, we lost a relative in a Montana snow blizzard who got lost on the way to the barn.

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