Canton, ME

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 4/4/17   -   Last OHD Update: 12/3/18   -   16 Comments
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  • $59,999
  • 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.
Sold By
Daniel Bolling, Dan The Man Real Estate
(207) 939-8970
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16 Comments on Canton, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date given was 1900, I believe it’s older than that.

  2. AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

    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.

  3. JullesJulles says: 532 comments

    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.

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I don’t believe it was Italianate.

      Seems like I posted another house that had the same kind of porch (don’t believe it’s original) but I don’t remember where the other houses was. Anyone remember that one? Could have been a Greek Revival or even a Federal house with a big honking porch like this.

    • AvatarJoseph Rice says: 314 comments

      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?

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    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.

    • AvatarKen says: 55 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.
      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.

      • AvatarMary Brammer says: 32 comments

        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 ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

        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.

  5. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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    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:

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      1200 acres? Impressive!

    • AvatarPattiR says: 1 comments

      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.

  6. AvatarColleen Johnson says: 1260 comments

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

  7. AvatarRay Unseitig says: 172 comments

    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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