c. 1757 Georgian – New Braintree, MA – $295,000

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Added to OHD on 10/19/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 20 Comments
71 Old Turnpike Rd, New Braintree, MA 01531

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Welcome to the William Thrasher House, a c.1757 saltbox waiting for her new steward! Known locally as the Black Hen Farm, this lovely antique home has been thoughtfully maintained while carefully preserving its period construction and character. Nicely sized bedrooms and living areas grace this home for comfortable living. The sweet, bright kitchen appointed with open shelving and ample pantry overlooks the pastoral rear gardens, heirloom orchard and lush fields. This true homestead boasts multiple outbuildings including a recently renovated barn (work/hobby/livestock), a chicken coop and garden shed, plus two additional utility structures. Endless possibilities! Property has been organically maintained throughout current ownership including the kitchen, herb and flower gardens--all intentionally planted to the period of the home. An amazing turn-key hobby/homestead is ready for the next family to love and enjoy a back-to-the-land lifestyle!
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Tina Kolb Diaz, Coldwell Banker      (617) 864-4430
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20 Comments on c. 1757 Georgian – New Braintree, MA – $295,000

    • ?? Rather doubt it is a person. Could be a pet. We established a memorial garden in our back yard for departed pets. The pets are not buried there, but we have memorial stones dedicated to them. Perhaps this is a beloved pet.

      • Actually not uncommon to have a graveyard on the property. A good friend in Rehoboth had her ancestors buried not more than 20 feet from the back door. Dated to the 1600s. Beautiful stone walls and wrought iron gate. Always peaceful there. She sold it a few years back after being in the family since it was built. House and 300 acres.

  1. Dream house! and property! Old old wood stained by time. It’s so well maintained, and they’ve left some of the changes made through the years, decades, centuries, so you feel the history. I’d LOVE to live there.

  2. I grew up with these houses in CT and they have always made me feel cold and lonely. I admire this home for the time worn beauty and beautiful property but I personally just cannot imagine living in it. Certainly the current owners have done everything perfectly though and someone is going love it as much as they do.

    • Thanks for the chuckle. I live in CT, my house can be be dated to 1696 that it was standing. 5th family to own it. Not much has been done except indoor plumping and electrical. Even every now and than the outhouse is on property taxes for an additional bathroom. All houses after 1900s are cold to me but do enjoy seeing and learning.

    • Yes Sue, it looks a little too bare and cold to me as well and a little claustrophobic. However they have done an amazing job of furnishing this house to perfection. Would absolutely love to take a walk down that tree lined lane and take in the beauty of all four seasons.

  3. Interior of this house is just a little to rustic for my tastes but I LOVE the exterior!!! All that room to roam and garden etc.

  4. A house like this would have had at least three and possibly five or more fireplaces, yet I see only the one in a bedroom. A staircase like that usually indicates a large center chimney with multiple flues. The chimney visible in the exterior shot must serve the wood stove in the living room, I guess. The cast-iron kitchen stove, apparently located elsewhere than the kitchen, seems not to be hooked up. I wonder how the house is heated? There’s a baseboard unit of some kind, possibly electric, visible in the bathroom, but I don’t see any other registers/radiators anywhere. Brrrr.

    • Heating: Forced air, Stove
      Heating: Oil, Wood / pellet

      Vent in front of the french doors so maybe there’s more we don’t see? Listing sites state Cooling: None but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any (I’m guessing they are pulling from public records, which isn’t always accurate.)

  5. question to the architectural historians that contribute to OHD……was it common to have the ceiling beams exposed during this period of construction or is it a much more recent design/decor decision. i often see this feature in historic homes on OHD.

    • Glad you raised this point–the exposed-ceiling-beam-thing is one of my biggest pet peeves!

      Its simply WRONG for the better sort of houses of the pre-Revolutionary/Early National period.

      Anyone able to afford a large, two-story house would have wanted the interior finishes to be as smooth and “refined” as resources would allow. In cases where structural elements like corner posts and central “summer” beams unavoidably broke the wall/ceiling planes, they would have been cased in and finished as neatly as possible, and the intervening surfaces smoothly plastered.

      Rude, uncovered structural elements would have been aesthetic anathema–these are a stylistic tick of house restorers who find the real interior finishes from the period insufficiently “olde” or rustic enough…

  6. Cris,
    How awesome that you are living in a house from 1696. Lucky you! My house is from 1900. The previous owners updated much of it so it isn’t probably as historic as I would have liked, but still has enough charm. I’d LOVE to live in an historic Saltbox. SO cool!

  7. I would be very comfortable living in this home! Very nice. Those wood stoves can provide some cozy heat, so I would imagine winters aren’t quite so “bad” as speculated. I’d certainly have some great use for the outer buildings as well. The final photo presented with the road, trees, and fallen leaves is very beautiful.

  8. Not cold looking to me I love the different floors. This is just perfect. Not all that clutter. I see the spinning wheel and I have the exact same desk. Outside is wonderful too. Imagine the fall colors.

  9. Beautiful house, but I just don’t know that I could sleep under the ceiling beams, I just feel that spiders would love it up there, and they do come down. Just my personal fear LOL.


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