1785 – Williamsburg, MA – $144,900

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Added to OHD on 10/11/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/8/18   -   20 Comments
114 Sugar Hill Rd, Williamsburg, MA 01096

Map: Aerial

Price

$144,900

Beds

2

Baths

1

SqFt

1504

Acres

46

Beautifully settled on 46 acres of land this colonial house offers so much: privacy, space, character, history and more. The house will need major upgrades including, but will shine with the right vision and planning. Build in the late 19 century, the house has still lots of original woodwork, wooden fireplace mantel and oversized granite fireplace with the crane. All this could be tastefully incorporated into new design. All rooms have separate fireplaces. Property is sold in AS-IS, WHERE -IS condition and only Cash or Rehab loans offers will be considered. Property has not been occupied for several years.
Contact Details
Andrzej Jamroga, Keller Williams Realty
(413) 565-5478
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20 Comments on 1785 – Williamsburg, MA – $144,900

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  1. ddbacker says: 341 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    Good golly that is a lot for a buck sixty. Yes the house needs work but all that land sheesh. It’s fine just the way it is for a cabin in the woods.

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  2. tess says: 255 comments

    Surrounded by acres of state forest too. Imagine how isolated it must have been in 1785. Then again lots of game to feed the family and lots of firewood. It’s a real gem. Hopefully it will be preserved correctly.

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  3. JimHJimH says: 3740 comments
    OHD Supporter

    An 1879 history notes the homestead of early Chesterfield settler Elisha Baker (1766-1852) of Sugar Hill, for whom the home was probably built. He was the son of a Yale educated doctor of the same name, and he owned about 150 acres here. Along with food crops, dairy products and meat, Elisha produced a few hundred pounds of maple sugar, as the location suggests. The property passed to Elisha’s son Andrew and later to Andrew’s unmarried daughter Esther, who lived here alone until her death in 1911.

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56943176/esther-a-baker

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 286 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1980 board & batten modern

      JimH, I am curious about how you started your search on this house, what were your resources perhaps before findagrave.I became curious earlier this week when I was looking at this house. Having grown up in the area, but not this town, I wanted to see if there were links to other old families I have known, or have heard of. I am always interested in what you are able to bring to the discussion.

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    • MazamaGrammy says: 343 comments

      Thank you for ferreting out the history!

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  4. hazelhayes says: 17 comments
    MA

    The land surrounding this property is quite beautiful, especially the pasture to the northeast side of the house. The spot is peaceful and somewhat secluded, though not isolated. The location is good. Perfect for a horse or two and lots of inspiration for landscaping and historic gardens.

    The house proper is a decent example of a Cape of that period. The center chimney is very nice and in good shape. Some of the additions would best be demolished. I didn’t go in the cellar but did see all of the first, and second floor which is entirely attic space.

    With elbow grease, passion, vision, and ample resources, this house could be quite beautiful if you fell in love with it.

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  5. Bremboabc says: 1 comments

    I purchased a 1740 Colonial for $150k and sold it for $485k. Looks like some potential to have fun during restoration and make some profit for the next one!

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  6. Karen says: 476 comments

    I wish there were more photos of the inside! This is a great price, for the house and land. I wonder how large the bedrooms are, what state the bathroom is in, etc.. the description says, major upgrades are needed-like what? Septic? Water and electric hook up? All the same, I’d love to be the person who could do this little place justice! And, I wish I were related to the Bakers who lived here. Maybe I could say that I’m a last living heir or something….

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    • hazelhayes says: 17 comments
      MA

      Karen, having seen this property I would say that the photos posted do a very good job of representing the house and land.

      As for the one existing bathroom which occupies what most likely was the original borning room, there is next to nothing that is salvageable, including the existing fixtures. It is not something that you could broom sweep and move into until such time as you had the spit to “fix it up.”

      Of the two rooms pictured that are wallpapered, either would suffice as a bedroom. They are not large rooms; perhaps 12 x 14 +/-. For a house that period, in those two rooms the moldings and woodwork may have been added later.

      It is true that major upgrades are needed. The estimable features like mantles and some original paneling should be removed and then restored after the place is gut-renovated.

      The second floor is raw attic space; the only living quarters are on the first floor which includes the one a bathroom, the summer kitchen where, in the photos, you see the original paneling and Dutch oven, and the two wallpapered rooms.

      The additions, as stated in my earlier post, should probably be demolished and rebuilt to suit as an attached garage, woodshed, studio, etc. An engineer could probably evaluate the integrity of the structures for future use.

      The spot is beautiful and the location is very good; close to the Five College area and about an hour away from the edge of the Berkshires which many consider a cultural resort.

      In all honesty, you would truly need to fall in love with the place itself in order to be able to do it justice AND you would also need, realistically, every resource to bring your dream to fruition.

      The house is a very honest and forthright example of a late 18th century Cape. Its best features are the existing center chimney, some of the original paneling, and most of all, the site itself.

      For those who love old houses this place is compelling and like you, I hope that it falls into the right hands. If I had the resources to comfortably invest, for my own edification and gratification I would not hesitate to buy this place. As I’ve already said, the spot is quite beautiful. What it all boils down to is resourcefulness.

      Anyone who thinks they are going to buy this place and make a fast buck on it is sadly mistaken.

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      • JimHJimH says: 3740 comments
        OHD Supporter

        hazelhayes, thanks for your observations of the property and area! You seem to have some appreciation of old homes, but your renovation recommendations are inconsistent with informed preservation practice.
        Gut-renovation is a term and approach used only by those that don’t really care for old homes and prefer new construction with vintage details. Period walls and finishes are important to the original fabric of historic structures and should be retained whenever possible, not just when it’s cheaper or easier to gut to the studs.
        Also, removing period additions to add new convenience features like attached garages is abhorrent to historic preservation.
        I can’t speak for the website, but the dream of many of us is to keep old houses old.

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        • Hazel Hayes says: 17 comments

          Dear Jim H,

          Thank you for your thoughtful and informed response. I couldn’t possibly agree with you more wholeheartedly in your scholarly evaluation of what it means to restore and preserve a period house. All too often we see houses that are slaughtered in the name of “renovation” that fall into the hands of people who really have no business owning a period house.

          However, the most important consideration when going to the extreme of authentic restoration is the absolute integrity of the existing features of the house itself. In this case the additions are not original and do not merit the kind of consideration you describe.

          Also, the house itself is, as I’ve already said, a decent example of its kind. As charming as it could be, the expense involved in restoring areas of existing plaster, etc., would be prohibitive unless, of course, one was so completely enamored with the place and obsessed with authenticity that this kind of expenditure could be justified, doubtful as that is in this case.

          It is not as though this house is an untouched jewel that hasn’t been botched along the way. The kind of purist-restoration you speak of is fitting for an early house of monumental architectural integrity and today such a place — unfortunately, is a very rare find.

          All things considered, for this house it would be a blessing for someone with good taste, a healthy wallet, and the combined scholarship of architecture, engineering, design, and historic preservation, to care about it enough to tackle it as I have outlined in order to make it a livable home. I have participated in the to-the-letter authentic restoration of several exceptional 18th century houses in my lifetime. On a scale of good, better, best, this one is “good.”

          Hope this helps to alleviate your concerns.

  7. Lesley Sargent says: 11 comments

    your description should say built in the late 18th century. hope someone can restore that lovely fireplace.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9338 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m guessing “your” as in the agents because OHD does not write the descriptions.

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  8. JimHJimH says: 3740 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Kimberly, I always look for an old map first. In this case, the 1873 county atlas showed the house and resident unambiguously – Mrs. A.K. Baker. Finding Andrew’s genealogy was easy, from Findagrave and confirming with a local genealogy. Once I found that Elisha Baker had been in the area by 1800, the odds of him being the builder became very good. The history book reference that placed Esther at Elisha’s homestead nailed it down. I looked at some censuses to make sure and found the farm info.
    There’s a small possibility that someone else built the house and sold it to Elisha before 1800. It’s a relatively fancy wilderness house and Elisha had some family money, so I think he built it in the 1790’s. This one was as easy as it gets short of finding a write-up.

    http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/7336/Chesterfield+and+Goshen++Goshen+and+Chesterfield++Chesterfield+West++West+Chesterfield++Goshen+Town++Chesterfield+Town++Cummington+Village+West/Hampshire+County+1873/Massachusetts/

    https://archive.org/details/historyofconnect01ever/page/493

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 286 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1980 board & batten modern

      Jim, what you write here makes my eyes light up, and makes me remember a house history I did years back when working for an architectural office to justify the keeping of an 1870’s Italianate that had fallen into neglect. Our town had a great historical library which I used for this, it had yearly books like a census and phone book which these later years offered. I also enjoyed listening in to the historians talking about other research say about local illegal gambling along the lake…not my project, but additional color along the way. I also lived next (right next door, at the time), to the town cemetary which offered all the post revolutionary history you could ask for. All prior to findagrave and within walking distance. Smile

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  9. NikitaEileen Krupoderov says: 31 comments

    I love this…yes needs work…but the surrounding land…privacy and potential are something to think zbout… That Cape Cod could be really restored to be a gem to live in…

  10. Bird says: 4 comments

    My biggest disappointment was seeing a highway so near the house. No seclusion here unfortunately with traffic right outside your door.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 639 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Hardly a highway, it’s a rural road.

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    • hazelhayes says: 17 comments
      MA

      The property runs both sides of a very beautiful rural road which is far removed from any major highway. The closest road-well-travelled is Route 143, the historic Lafayette Trail. The closest major highway is Route 91 which, from the property, is accessed at least seven miles away from Northampton.

      If peace is your concern, when we look at any property anywhere — we should all be concerned about the noise pollution that powerlines and Smart Grids emit from radio frequencies, analogues, electrical currents, and all of the invisible radioactivity that now creates a sea of invisible health hazards that we all need to wake up to.

      This property is beautifully situated in a rural area and is indeed secluded, though not isolated. Location is perhaps its greatest strength.

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  11. abevy says: 375 comments

    Love it. Wish it was even more secluded.

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