c. 1805 – Livermore, ME – $249,000

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Added to OHD on 11/21/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/21/18   -   8 Comments
396 Norlands Rd, Livermore, ME 04253

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  • $249,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1440 Sq Ft
  • 18 Ac.
UNIQUE historic home built in c.1805 on 18+/- acres of fields, towering White Pines, giant Red Oaks & approx 1,853' on Bartlett Pond. Home abuts land dedicated to a living history farm recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. This & the Bartlett Pond frontage makes for a desirable hideaway. Charming cape, referred to as Pondside, has a long history w/ the Washburn family. Updates & restorations since the early 80's thru 1990's have been completed w/ help of a restoration consultant including: restoring the Rumford style fireplace & brick oven rebuilt to its original state, rebuilding chimneys, replacing original partitions & original doors. Home features wide pine flooring, 6 over 6 windows, four panel doors, & massive granite sills. The 35'x30' barn w/ hay loft built in the 1990's has the same dimensions & layout of an early English barn w/ timber sawn from trees off the land. Finally, the 26 acre, 26' deep, clear & non-weedy Bartlett Pond is easily accessed.
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John Colannino, American Forest Management
(207) 817-9079
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8 Comments on c. 1805 – Livermore, ME – $249,000

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  1. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 239 comments

    Oh. My.
    The photo of the house nestled in the fall foliage is just gorgeous! The exterior looks like it could use a coat of paint. And it looks like a little more restoration needs done, especially upstairs. But what a beautiful antique jewel when it’s done. Oh, to be able to say, “We’re going to our summer house in Maine.”

  2. AvatarBethany otto says: 2656 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    Wow, this place looks like it hasn’t changed in a hundred years or more. The only (sort of) modern thing I see is an ancient microwave. Fantastic!

  3. Avatardennis says: 8 comments

    Interesting was that sprinklers I saw in the house? And recessed lighting?

    And to the other comment, some water damage on the 2nd floor, I believe. With time and care this could be a lovely home for summers or year round.

  4. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I believe this house was restored by and is/was owned by the adjacent Washburn-Norlands museum, a wonderful complex which includes a mansion, stone library, old church and schoolhouse:

    According to the town history of 1874, the house was built by Asa Bartlett (1763-1839), for whom the pond is named, and who operated a sawmill here. In the 2nd half of the 19th Century, the 120 acre farm was owned by Charles W. Fuller (1821-1902), the son of a Methodist minister who served as a local official and in the Maine legislature. To each his due.

    Looks like a fine old place and a lovely spot for a summer getaway. If there’s internet it would work for me, and there’s plenty of firewood to be found to keep the place warm in the long winters.

  5. AvatarLes Fossel says: 86 comments

    If Norland’s (the wonderful living history museum) owned it, I wouldn’t be surprised that they are selling it.
    They had a disastrous (barn?) fire a half dozen years ago which must have put a strain on their budget. I believe Richard Irons did the brickwork – which is why it look so wonderful. The floors downstairs look to be narrow tongue & groove. It is likely there are wide floors underneath. If you choose to remove the T&G floor to expose the wide boards, it can generally be done successfully – if you pull the nails our straight so the wood around the hole is not damaged. Once the nails are out & the T&G floor is up, you carefully vacuum the floor, then wash it – getting a much water on it as possible. This gets the dirt out of the nail holes and the water swells the wood back into the hold created by the nail.
    Les Fossel

  6. Avatarpeeweebc says: 856 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    That price for all that? I’d take it in a heartbeat.
    I love when weathered barns take on that subtle gold to grey color. What a beautiful house.

  7. Avatarmontana channing says: 252 comments

    I have been in this house many times as it’s where they held their pancake breakfast in maple syrup season.
    new barn was paid for mainly by grants and donations and is a recreation of the barn that was with the house that was built in the 1870’s. the place was built as a recreational gentleman farmers place for the Washburn parents but as a summer retreat for the Washburn children – all of whom were FAMOUS in commerce (Gold Medal Flour for example) or politics. the original barn even had an attached bowling alley which was not recreated. maybe that’s why they are selling the house although my bet is they don’t want to continue owning a money drain.
    the barn that burned was built in the 20s as the original had rotted away and was a more traditional New England barn. luckily, during the fire, they were able to demolish the shed connecting house and barn and save the house. there is a beautiful huge stone library housing all the papers of the offspring that needs drastic and expensive restoration and that’s probably where the money from the house will go.
    also on the grounds is an early 19th century Universalist church which has an exceptionally tall steeple. there was a joke at the time of construction that they made it so sharp so the Devil in his frequent trips from Lewiston to Livermore Falls couldn’t use it as a resting place.


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