1840 Greek Revival – Woodbury, CT – $339,000

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Added to OHD on 1/23/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/16/19   -   22 Comments
786 Washington Rd, Woodbury, CT 06798

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  • $339,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 2906 Sq Ft
  • 2.98 Ac.
Quintessential Gentleman's Farm. Has been in the same family since 1840. Beautiful New England property showcasing the main 1840 home, open meadows dotted with multiple barns, outbuildings and even an outhouse! -Seven in total! Old stone walls, and graceful setting, definitely and eye catcher! This property needs to be brought back to its prime. Two bedroom care takers apartment is attached w separate entry - can easily be converted back into one home if desired. Large rooms, heavy wooden pocket doors, mixture of hard wood and wide board flooring. Address is Historic Woodbury in Litchfield County w all its top restaurants, antique shops and cultural arts but also just minutes to Washington Depot. Just under two hours to NYC or Boston makes this a perfect location for permanent or weekend residence. Historic home #241, History attached. The Berlin Thomas House. Subject to Probate
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Mary Ann Bennett, Drakeley Real Estate
(203) 263-4336
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22 Comments on 1840 Greek Revival – Woodbury, CT – $339,000

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  1. TXJewelTXJewel says: 293 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    I grew up in corn country and I’ve NEVER seen corn that tall!
    Beautiful house, love the floors. It’s too bad the old barn did not survive!

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    • ErnieErnie says: 217 comments

      My mom bought a “seed vault” that contained only heritage seeds. Before she could try out the seeds she took ill & gave them to my brother. He planted the corn, butternut squash, cucumbers, zucchini & water melon in his small garden that has had no problem accommodating small crops of each in the past using the seeds purchased in the stores. The corn shot up like a rocket & was around 9 or 10′ high & all of the other crops spilled over the border of his garden out into his lawn & up his fence. The tomato plants were so dense they collapsed his tomato cages & the cucumbers started climbing his fence. He had to start pulling up plants because there just wasn’t room for all of it & he planted the same amount of seeds he had planted using the other seed brands. He said he had never seen anything like it. He said he would have sworn the plants were growing so fast they made so much noise it kept them awake at night. Hahaha!
      My SIL said she never had so many tomatoes. They ended up canning a bunch then taking the rest of the fresh tomatoes to the local food bank along with some cucumbers & squash. The watermelon didn’t survive the purge.
      I was surprised that the house was under 3000 sq. ft. it looked bigger to me. The old pictures are great!

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      • AvatarKaren says: 625 comments

        My dad was a farm boy, who grew up planting and harvesting corn and a lot of other crops. Once, during a family trip, he saw some me corn growing alongside the road, and stopped the car. He made my mother take a picture of him standing by that corn. He said it was the tallest he’d ever seen. We were not far from Hershey, PA.
        I still have that picture!

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  2. AvatarClund says: 146 comments

    This house is wonderful. Even the outbuildings are charming. I’m not sure what the realtor means by bringing it back to it’s prime. It looks very well maintained to me. I love the wear on the newel post. Neither kitchen does much for me, but with some salvaged cabinets and a bit of creativity I’m sure they’d have a better feel. I adore the wide board floors. Thanks for including the old photos, I just love them. I don’t know the area, but the price seems like a deal to me.

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  3. Avatarddbacker says: 382 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    Gentleman’s farm……dang it, that disqualifies me. 🙂 Seriously though, this place is a knockout. At first I thought maybe the outbuildings would be too much to maintain and preserve but if you look closely they all appear straight, painted and roofed. And I’ve never seen corn so tall – and I was born in Iowa. Wow!

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  4. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 458 comments
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    1980 board & batten modern

    I love the old photos included here. It helps us compare the seemingly quiet life this land now lives in comparison to the dawn to dusk significance of farm life. Still a number of outbuildings have survived. I wonder what was the fate of the main barn? What were their lives like, those that lived and built this farm?
    I so enjoy seeing the old panel doors with their iron latches as it reminds me of home and doors I took for granted when I was young, back when our home was 130 years old.

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 458 comments
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      1980 board & batten modern

      I found an old book on line about Woodbury. CT:
      https://www.cga.ct.gov/hco/books/History_of_Ancient_Woodbury.pdf

      If you go to the books page 1561, you will find history on the Thomas Family, and else where in the book as it references back to page 722.

      How I would love to sit here and continue the search, but I have other things at my desk, and my break is over. smile

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      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 458 comments
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        1980 board & batten modern

        I was not able to link Berlin to family history above, but used Find A Grave, which perhaps John Shiflet suggested?, I do have this: Berlin Thomas, birthdate unknown, death 9/11/1880, buried Old North Cemetary, Woodbury, CT

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  5. AvatarChrisICU says: 555 comments

    Corn from the indigenous community had many uses and several grew that height. Likely not for eating fresh, probably better for making meal or livestock feed. Here’s one that reportedly grows 14’ tall. https://www.rareseeds.com/wades-giant-indian-flint-corn/

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  6. AvatarBethany otto says: 2656 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    Thank you thank you realtor for posting this old pictures with this listing! What a lovely ten minutes I’ve just had perusing them and imagining life back there in the day.

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  7. AvatarMelissa says: 250 comments

    I grew up in this town and this is a lovely house, owned by one of my oldest friends. Her father is one of the men pictured in the corn photos. Lots of wonderful tradesmen in town to help you make it yours.
    I’m happy to answer questions about the town – I don’t know anything about the house though.

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  8. AvatarWendy T says: 54 comments

    Beautiful home. It’s hard not to feel sad that it has been in the same family since 1840 and is now for sale. Hopefully the buyer will treasure it– and frame those old photos for posterity.

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  9. Avatartim hildebrandt says: 41 comments

    TALL CORN? Yes, this place is well situated, very cool.

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  10. AvatarPamela A Johnson says: 2 comments

    I’m in love … this is amazing! Wish there was something like this where I live, Black Hills of South Dakota … I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat! Love the personal touch of pics of family, thank you!

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  11. AvatarLadyTexas says: 143 comments

    I’ll take the bottle feeding kitten. Great photo.

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  12. AvatarSandyF says: 126 comments

    You guys are amazing! I love the stories you all share. What a treat for us old house kids. Thank you all!

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  13. AvatarJoe says: 634 comments

    THE CORN IS AS HIGH AS AN ELEPHANT’S EYE-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VitIDrgGur8

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  14. AvatarDianeEG says: 486 comments
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    1896

    I had to laugh at all the wood floor piece transitions from doorway to doorway. We have that in our house. I’ve tripped over those babies so many times; probably why all the wood pieces are a bit bumpy with over a hundred years of stubbed toes. This agent certainly knew how to appeal to OHDers.

  15. AvatarStephanie says: 21 comments

    I love the floors, I love the natural light coming through all of the windows, I love the old hardware that remains on some of the doors. The old photos are amazing, and I guess I just fell in love. I don’t think I would change much at all. Thanks for posting this wonderful home!

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  16. AvatarCate says: 182 comments
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    Milwaukee, WI

    Oh how wonderful! And such a treat to see the old photos. That corn is amazing!! Loved the story about planting the old heirloom seeds and how prolific they were. I use heirloom seeds as well but never quite had the experience of such a plentiful bounty. Many thanks for sharing that story!

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