c. 1795 – Haverhill, NH – $550,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 4/8/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/14/19   -   52 Comments
28 School St, Haverhill, NH 03765

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  • $550,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3409 Sq Ft
  • 3.08 Ac.
This stunning Federal Period home, c. 1795, is named The Coon Tavern after its first owner, Ross Coon, a self-proclaimed minister and doctor who "kept a fine bar." The three-bedroom, two-bath home has been sensitively restored to blend period detail with modern amenities. Historic features include wide pine flooring, five working Rumford fireplaces, 12-over-12 windows, many with original glass, and antique door hardware. Modern upgrades include a four-oven AGA cooker, authentic reproduction lighting fixtures, Sub-Zero appliances, and wiring for internet and cable. The 3,400 s.f. home includes a first-floor master bedroom. The spacious country kitchen and pantry both feature granite countertops and sinks and hand-planed Kennebec Company cabinetry. A mudroom contains a double soapstone laundry sink, custom cabinets and a stacking Miele washer and dryer. There is an office with a wood stove and exposed beams and a south-facing sunroom. The three-acre lot features a stone patio, established perennial gardens, and a 19th century post-and-beam barn with a workshop and attached milk shed. The picturesque shire town of Haverhill Corner, NH hosted circuit court sessions during the late 18th century and well into the 19th century. The historic courthouse still stands on the village green, as do many of the taverns which were needed to accommodate visitors having business before the courts. Located on the Connecticut River only a half-hour's drive from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the village of Haverhill Corner is close to the White Mountains for hiking, fishing, skiing and beautiful scenery.
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(603) 359-0156
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52 Comments on c. 1795 – Haverhill, NH – $550,000

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10342 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Freaking marvelous house!

  2. AvatarLori H says: 2 comments

    Wow…just WOW! Every room is perfect in my eyes.

  3. AvatarEmily says: 6 comments

    i just died and went to heaven! This house is GORGEOUS!

  4. AvatarBethany says: 2661 comments

    This is not my preferred style of old house usually, but WOW, what a stunner!

  5. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

    Meticulously done and seems to conform to the period in the details and color choices. However, houses of this extreme vintage are outside my area of expertise so my comments about period details must be limited. I noticed the characteristic wide plank floor boards in some rooms, The renovation was overseen by an architect and it appears he or she had an eye for correct details for this early period. AGA stoves are an English aristocracy mainstay along with Rolls Royces and Fox hunting stirrup cups. I’d much rather have an old AGA than a new Wolf or Viking industrial model. The house has an informal homey quality which I like. Others here seem to concur.

  6. AvatarChristine Schulze says: 29 comments

    Stunning! My mouth got wider and my eyes bulged more with every pic! Definitely need to see some pics of the baths !

  7. AvatarMW says: 726 comments

    Totally agree, beautiful house, done extremely well. However, I get the feeling this house is a bit older than 1800. I’d almost guess early to mid 1700’s with a center fireplace like that, the style of the mantles and trim work and just the overall feeling. I’m no expert so could easily be wrong though. But I think generally late 1700 to early 1800 Federal style houses of this size would be a bit more refined and probably have chimneys on either side of the house instead of in the middle.

    Regardless of the date, it is a beautiful, well done house. Love that it has that gorgeous barn too. Would like to see the insides of that.

    • AvatarRyan says: 569 comments

      Yes, that’s what I was thinking, too. Maybe it was updated in the federal period, but many of the elements looks older to me.

    • AvatarMarc says: 198 comments

      It’s my understanding (I think I learned this from McAlester’s field guide) that northern colonial houses more often have a single central chimney to conserve heat in the cold winters. Southern colonials have dual chimneys on the sides because conserving heat was not as imortant.

  8. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Very nice. I think this must be Norm Abrams’ house, the master carpenter/cabinet-maker from This Old House. Or it could be, anyway.

  9. AvatarElizabeth says: 22 comments

    Haverhill has a lot of really nice houses. It’s just off of the highway on the New Hampshire side (other side being Vermont), pretty far north actually. I’m guessing a professional from Hanover (i.e. college professor, doctor, etc) lives here. That’s what has happened to some of the towns around Hanover and Lebanon, which is good because it prevents them from falling into ruin.

  10. AvatarAmanda says: 53 comments

    this is my dream home, hello come in for a cup of tea! just heaven. truly the best yet.

  11. SuiteKim55SuiteKim55 says: 73 comments

    Oh. My. God. So very very perfect. Charming. Would not change a thing.

  12. joyjoy says: 62 comments

    I love it! Wonderful!

  13. AvatarKytka Hilmar-Jezek says: 20 comments

    Absolutely gorgeous. When I was little, I always wished for a doll house that looked like this. Now that I am grown, I am still wishing for a house like this! 😉

  14. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 263 comments

    be still my heart <3 <3 <3 I would even consider moving north instead of south if this home were in my future. Lovely…

  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10342 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted in 2015 so some comments above may be older. Was off market a short while, not back on (not sold). Moved to front page.

  16. AvatarDemetra Mehta says: 4 comments

    As a gardener, I really have to appreciate the work that went into those perennial beds. No small thing in a place with as brief a growing season as NH.

    • AvatarJKleeb says: 156 comments

      I noticed the gardens too—I love this house but would have to learn a lot about gardening in this climate. The whole house/garden ensemble is beautifully done.

  17. AvatarWendy T says: 54 comments

    Oh my. Oh mymymymy. This is my definition of perfection. I would happily live in that yellow utility room with the double sink… the rest is just the icing on the cake.

  18. Grant FreemanGrant Freeman says: 554 comments

    Boy howdy that’s a mighty fine house!

  19. AvatarJennifer HT says: 796 comments
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    Anthem, AZ

    What a lovely house! Love the kitchen(s) and the grounds.

  20. AvatarPepperReed says: 56 comments

    Phenomenal!!! This era is one of my favorites and this house has ALL the WOW factor. When can I move in?

  21. AvatarSusan Campbell says: 41 comments

    Love the Desert Rose pattern Franciscan dishes! My favorite. And what can I say about the house? It’s gorgeous.

  22. AvatarLaura S says: 19 comments

    Move in ready! I wouldn’t change anything inside or out!❤️

  23. AvatarJRichard says: 231 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Center-chimney design did eventually give way to side-chimney, center hall design beginning about 1800 but it’s still easy to find center-chimney houses even later than this, especially as you get farther away from Boston and other population centers from which new ideas radiated. This house is perfect. I don’t see how it could be improved, except possibly if it belonged to me.

  24. AvatarJB says: 111 comments

    WOWWWWWWWW! This house is gorgeous. The exterior foilage beautifully grown. And, how about that kitchen stove/oven? Wow. All this place needs is me…(wishing on the lottery! ha)

  25. AvatarSuznmyBoys says: 23 comments

    I love everything about this house, but the stove, sinks and Dutch door have me drooling! The size is perfect and is definitely is move in ready. Kudos to the owners, and wishing I could be the new one 😊

  26. AvatarLaura Thornton says: 77 comments

    It’s the same period and style as my house but it has a much larger kitchen, which I’d kill for. The paint job is wonderful and the gardens exquisite. They are asking twice the price I’m asking for mine.

  27. AvatarDevonHoerner says: 58 comments

    Though not my style typically, I love everything about this house. It’s been so lovingly cared for..

  28. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
    OHD Supporter

    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    This has to be placed at the top of my favorites list, for location on the village green, beautifully proportioned rooms, and a kitchen to die for….with Kennebec cabinets even!! Would love to see interior photos of the barn…… it’s perfect.

  29. SouthwestlovesmommaSouthwestlovesmomma says: 123 comments

    Its really lovely, the stenciled floors are amazing! Are my eyes deceiving me or are there 3 kitchens?

    • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
      OHD Supporter

      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Well….not three kitchens…..looks to be a primary kitchen, marvelous pantry (with sink), and designer laundry/mud room. Who could desire any more???

  30. AvatarBigrog says: 187 comments

    Beautiful, just absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing. Move in and make it home.

  31. AvatarAnnieK says: 12 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Las Vegas, NV

    Get Out!! ( And I mean to say that like Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, not Amityville Horror)…. This house is a masterpiece in my book. Just stunning.

    • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
      OHD Supporter

      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      I totally am with you Annie. I’m a born and raised West Coast girl, but have always had an strong affinity for all things New England….. as my antique N.E. furnishings and decor can attest. If I could manage to leave this coast, would right now, and it would be to this perfect house on the green!!

  32. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The Coon Tavern story is interesting though completely at odds with the written history and the NRHP info. Maybe it’s true, or possibly the last line of this passage from the History of Haverhill (1888) applies:

    Ross Coon was one of the characters of Haverhill, and on one occasion, in 1802, served as moderator. He lived in a wooden house which stood where the Bank house now stands, and was kept as a tavern, called the “Coon tavern.” This house was moved away afterwards, and it is said part of it formed the house now belonging to Mr. L. B. Ham, and the other part was the Whitney house. Coon was called “Doctor,” and in addition to the duties of a landlord he added also those of a physician. He was quite illiterate, and when prescribing for people of a bilious state he would say the medicine was for clearing out the “bilery dux.” He afterwards lived in a large brick house at the Brook, which was also known as the “Coon tavern.” Tradition says he was a faithful practitioner at the Coon bar. Landlord and Doctor Coon, it is said, combined still another profession. He preached as well as practiced. He was a man in poor health and was confined to an armchair, but of immense size, weighing about four hundred pounds. He was famous for his mirth and storytelling, and did little else than “laugh and grow fat,” and made others laugh also. He was the author of the saying, “A thousand lies are told every day and not half of them are true.”

  33. AvatarZann says: 532 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1940 Cottage
    Mobile, AL

    What a dream!

  34. AvatarMargrethe says: 2 comments

    Beautiful, What a wonderful kitchen to create in! This house is golden ⭐️ Love it

  35. AvatarJames Li says: 4 comments

    This house is currently for sale. Two videos have been made of it (exterior and interior) and are viewable through the home’s website: http://www.antiquehouse.us


    • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Thanks Jim, for the videos of the Haverhill house. It’s been for sale for a very long time. I saved it on Zillow when it was first posted on OHD. Nicely done videos, but I’m still wanting to see the interior of that beautiful old barn. I adore everything about this property, including the fact that my furnishings would fit seamlessly.

      • AvatarJames says: 4 comments

        Thanks for the comments Sandy. The owners, who are retiring, took it off the market for a few years but put it back this year. I just added two interior barn photos for you on the website. Have a look and enjoy!

  36. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10342 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    1880’s photo from the owner:

    I’ll include what they said: “The front entry was clearly not original to the house and was (thankfully) later removed. At some point after this picture was taken, the 12 over 12 windows were replaced with 2 over 2, the hip roof was replaced with a gable roof and the structure above the horses’ heads was torn down. The original sash had been saved in the attic and were put back in the 1960s. About the same time, the gable roof was removed and replaced with the present hip roof. The present barn was probably erected in the Victorian period, using timbers from an earlier structure.”

  37. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Thanks Kelly, the Haverhill house has been one of my saved favorites for a long time. I think it was posted on OHD a year ago….or maybe CIRCA houses, I’m not sure. I usually save to Zillow because they have such complete information including taxes, inc. Finding out some of the construction/restoration history from the owner was wonderful. I adore their house and would love to see some interior photos of the gorgeous barn.

  38. AvatarImbroglio says: 58 comments

    New realtor and new price: $550,000. I live near Haverhill, and it is a picture-perfect little village, with houses arrayed around a green. The house next to it at a right angle has fallen on hard times, but a local historical society is trying to do something with it. Whether they have the funds to do so is another question.

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