1812 Federal – Rensselaerville, NY

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Added to OHD on 6/23/17   -   Last OHD Update: 10/26/20   -   12 Comments

1429 County Route 351, Rensselaerville, NY 12417

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  • $425,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3860 Sq Ft
  • 2.1 Ac.
The Jenkins Homestead, built in 1812 with an early 18th century kitchen-wing complete with its original cooking hearth and bee-hive oven, has remained in the same family through nine generations. This is a rare opportunity to own an intact period house in one of the most charming villages in our area. 6 bedrooms, multiple fireplaces, three staircases and so many original details, all with a tale to tell. History is steeped into the very fabric of this house and its grand formal rooms with 10' ceilings and hand carved mantels. An ancient apple orchard and towering specimen trees grace over 2 acres of lovely lawns entirely enclosed by high stone walls and picturesque picket fencing with a carriage house, a work shop, a wood shed, and wash house. Rensselaerville is on the National Register of Historic Places and sits high in the Helderberg Hills of Albany County surrounded by thousands of acres of protected land with miles of hiking trails. 45 minutes from Hudson Amtrak & 3 hrs from NYC.
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James Male, HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty
(518) 828-5154
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12 Comments on 1812 Federal – Rensselaerville, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12509 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks RT for sharing!

  2. anna stehling says: 16 comments

    Some of the rooms looked colonial am I wrong?

  3. BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I’m sorry to hear this is leaving a family after nine generations who obviously cared for the property beautifully. I hope the new owners are as sympathetic. Just amazing!

  4. JimHJimH says: 5587 comments
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    There’s a marker in front of the house for Samuel Jenkins, the owner and one of the town founders. He built the first mills and the village grew around them, with 600 residents here by his death in 1837.

    There should also be a marker in town for a carpenter named Ephraim Russ (1784-1853), who came here in 1806 and over the years designed and built most of the Federal and early Greek Revival structures – 4 churches, inns and stores, schools and many houses, including this one. Early Americana at its best IMO.

  5. JRichardJRichard says: 174 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    I always find the simple lines of Federal dwellings such as this to be welcoming and restful.

    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 899 comments
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      1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
      Lockport, NY

      I have to think this was my late dad’s favorite style/period as well! Simple elegance before mass production and Home Depot.

  6. kmmoorekmmoore says: 414 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Instant favorite! The pic with the ladies brings tears to my eyes. What a spectacular property.

  7. Karen says: 4 comments

    Does anyone know about stone walls? I love them, and wish I had one! Unfortuantly, the cost of hiring someone who really knows the trade will probably be out of my range. I know there are people in New England who repair existing stone walls, or will build one for you. In our area, we have many that are topped by a row of upright stones. We have a lot of stone and rcck in the area, so early landowners would have had no shortage of raw material. I was watching Last of the Summer Wine, and older British comedy on our local PBS station, and saw the same style of stone wall. the series takes place in Yorkshire, I think. Were certain styles local to a particular area? I know we had a huge influx of Irish and Cornish who came over to work on the Erie Canal. When they hit Lockport, NY, where I live, the diggers encountered the Niagara Escarpment, a huge barrier made of solid rock, that had to be blasted through, and canal locks designed for. I would haVE expected stone walls here to be made in whatever style was popular in Ireland and Cornwall. Anyone kn ow about old stone walls???

  8. zoomey says: 537 comments

    Another dream house! I would change nothing! I wonder what the kitchen/baths look like? I hate wallpaper, yet I love the wallpaper in this house. What a treasure!

  9. GSchleig says: 1 comments

    I am from the Adirondack Foothills, from a long line of Jenkins. So sad to see this property sold.

  10. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 899 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    SOLD 5/11/2018.


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