c. 1793 Georgian/Federal – Springfield, VT – $445,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 3/5/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/5/19   -   30 Comments
456 Old Connecticut River Rd, Springfield, VT 05156

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  • $445,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 6485 Sq Ft
  • 3.5 Ac.
Although Vermont's statehood was only granted 2 years prior to the construction of the General Lewis R. Morris house in 1793, this remarkable high style Georgian rivals the best houses of New England of the period. The triangular pedimented front doorway, the twelve over twelve windows with bold entablatures and the hipped roof are so beautifully proportioned as to belie the true scale of the exterior and interior spaces. Fully developed chimney breast walls with raised paneled wainscoting define each rooms intended purpose. The four bedroom residence is exceptional for it's originality and it's sensitive restoration over the previous stewards ownership. The commanding presence with beautiful views of the Connecticut River remain as they were in 1793. An apple orchard and beautiful landscaped areas add to the beauty of the property. An easy commute to the Upper Valley makes this an ideal primary or secondary residence. As period houses go, there is none finer.
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Wade Treadway, Wade Treadway Real Estate
(802) 457-2280
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30 Comments on c. 1793 Georgian/Federal – Springfield, VT – $445,000

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  1. TGrantTGrant says: 554 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Oh wow! Magnificent in every way. Would loved to have seen a few more pictures but goodness what a wonderful property.

  2. AvatarLaurie W. says: 1605 comments
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    1988 Fake Greek Revival!

    Just as I was rejoicing that this house escaped later added ceiling beams, the last 2 photos came up, sigh. Oh well, doesn’t detract from the beauty of the rest of the place with its lovely — and varied — cabinetwork. The stair railings are also stunning in their delicacy & restraint. Bargain price!

    • AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Agree that the scale of the later addition does the house no favors, but the rest is magnificent!

  3. AvatarMelissa says: 250 comments

    Wonderful use of gentle and preservationist language by the realtor!

  4. AvatarMomof9 says: 95 comments

    Can you imagine what the surroundings of this home must look like in the fall?!

  5. AvatarVMaloney says: 97 comments

    What a wonderful house!

  6. AvatarLadyTexas says: 145 comments
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    Beautiful home. Makes you feel “stately” just viewing through it. Technical question for anyone who knows. this house is located in serious snow country. How do you insulate a house of this age to minimize the drafts and cold penetration without the insulation being obvious?

    • AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      That’s a really good question. Growing up, we lived (for about a year) in a 1798 colonial in SC, which was charming to look at, but a nightmare to heat. It was like heating a barn. We froze all winter and the furnace never stopped running. And this was in SC. I can’t imagine how it’s done in VT. Maybe the construction in VT was better than SC. Let’s hope so.

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments

      Opinions are mixed on that issue. Living in the northeast my whole life, in a variety of old houses, experience leads me to suggest that attempting to insulate exterior walls is of questionable benefit. What is more important is insulating the floor of any unheated attic space and caulking any gaps and seams where cold air can pass, particularly around doors and windows. I’ve also learned, painfully, that replacing old windows with new double-glazed is no more effective than keeping the old windows and using good quality wood storm windows.

      As far as wall insulation, people have tried to maintain the original plaster by installing blown insulation, only to end up with moisture issues which are more damaging in the long run. In England, they have a product – the name of which I cannot recall – which is essentially a thick, insulating wallpaper liner, which can be painted or papered over. Unfortunately, for some reason, we do not have a similar product here, and the UK product cannot be shipped to the US – something about the materials in the adhesive, I’ve been told…

    • AvatarJane says: 2 comments

      I live in a brick home built in 1816 in Ontario Canada. The house is plaster applied directly to the bricks on the interior. This house is pretty big — 3200 sq feet however we are able to keep it warm. The basement floor is dirt but we have stuffed pink insulation batts in the top of the walls of the basement where the first floor joists are. You can barely see it, mostly you see the rubble stone walls. There is a layer of insulation under the flooring in our attic. However the ceiling of the attic is the not insulated. We did make sure to seal around the window frames when we removed many layers of wallpaper. This helped too. All of our windows are wood and we have 7 original wood doors to the exterior of the house… I can tell you there are some drafts coming in today even though we have used modern door seals as best we could.

  7. Avatarddbacker says: 384 comments

    As a future owner (knock on wood) of one of these beauties, I have always wondered the same thing. Hopefully more New Englanders will chime in with observations.

    • AvatarJoseph says: 314 comments

      Before the days of “open concept”, you could close the doors to some rooms/areas and not use them over the winter. And people were just used to having a cold bedroom. The kitchen end would usually be warm due to the cookstove in use. I knew one couple who essentially lived in only 2 rooms over the worst of the winter.

  8. Avatarddbacker says: 384 comments

    I have seen a lot of houses on this site. This is my favorite so far. The house, grounds and riverside setting remind me of Mt. Vernon.

  9. AvatarBethany says: 2660 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    How I love seeing a beautiful house empty so its beauty shines through unmarred by someone’s personal taste and furnishings. Lovely!

  10. AvatarCLund says: 146 comments

    That narrow set of stairs is wonderful! I’d use them just because they are there. This house has a lot of things going for it, including a fabulous landscape. One thing that I’m drawn to on this and other houses as well, is the wide entryway and second floor hallway. They aren’t just attractive, but useable space. Love it!

  11. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments

    I’m in love with this house and its setting……perfect context. Floor grates indicate central heat, which I might assume required at least floor and attic insulation at the time of installation. Would be wonderful to see some bathroom photos, and photos of the outbuildings. Since it’s on the Nat. Reg., it will be fun to pull up the nomination to find out more about this fabulous property. I agree about windows….. storms and repair are the only way to treat an historic building. I always cringe when a realtor brags that the windows are new.

  12. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments

    In googling the address, it appears the whole Christmas tree farm of 70 acres was sold in 2016 for $1,100,000. They then segregated the 4 acres now offered with the house alone. It doesn’t look like the red barn now goes with the house. Kind of sad since the whole farm constituted the historic context. At least they didn’t just put it on a lot.

  13. AvatarConnie says: 24 comments

    My grandparents lived in a big old house. In the winter they lived in the hearth room and kitchen. The bedrooms upstairs were FREEZING, as was the outhouse!

    • Avatarken says: 55 comments

      Asher Benjamin wrote a book called Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Companion.
      Many examples of his work show up in towns along the Connecticut River. I think the molding in your picture is called guttae. The book above is on Google Books as a free download.

  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Added to the site in 2017. Went off market for a short time, back on and thought I’d reshare. Moved to front page, comments above may be older.

  15. AvatarCynthia Dillon Payne says: 11 comments

    I live in an 1815 Federal clapboard home in the Berkshires. When I bought it 20 years ago I restored it. I got cellulose insulation blown in and added storm windows. The original part of the house is four rooms down and four rooms up, and each has a fireplace, so I had them restored to working condition. This listed house looks like it has hot air vents in the floor, which I don’t think are very effective in New England.
    I have an oil furnace and old cast iron Victorian radiators. Being a frugal Yankee I keep my house at 65 during the day and 55 at night. I use my fireplaces often and I have an electric blanket on the bed. Here we also dress for the weather, so right now it’s 16* out and I’m wearing long underwear, a turtleneck, wool sweater, corduroys, and wool socks. I feel toasty warm in my beautiful old house. I’ll light a fire when the sun goes down.

  16. AvatarLaurie W. says: 1605 comments
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    1988 Fake Greek Revival!

    Just as beautiful as when last listed. 12 over 12 windows intact, happy thing. Other comments haven’t changed.

  17. AvatarJustin says: 18 comments

    I live in an 1880 farmhouse 30 miles north of Bangor Maine. We just moved here from Georgia to experience the seasons, crazy I know. I have an insulated attic, new windows, and a forced hot air furnace. So far we’ve been snug as a bug in a rug. I keep my thermostat around 64.

  18. AvatarPaula Libby says: 33 comments

    I’m reading the comments on the Vermont house wearing a couple of layers of clothing…if I get warm,I peel one off, and if I get colder, add another. We bought a 200+ YO house about a year and a half ago that hadn’t been lived in during the Winter for decades. After we put in a new heating system we added blown in insulation to the side walls, batt insulation to the attic floor, not the roof, and we have been restoring the old windows (unfortunately Victorian two over twos and not the first gen windows and keeping our eyes peeled for 9 over 6’s that were the original style). This year we will work on making interior storm windows cut to fit each window and that pop out in warmer weather. In the cellar, we still need to add some rigid foam blocks of insulation cut to fit around where the foundation meets the sills and joists. The fireplaces are romantic, but due to stack effect and no dampers, not efficient, and I can’t wait to get the cook stove installed in the kitchen and perhaps a wood stove inset into the largest fireplace. I go around and check for air leaks and cracks and make a note of what to work on as we restore. And yup, the benefit of a non open concept house is that you can close off rooms that you aren’t using to save on the heating bills. We moved here after living in a new post and beam timber frame house, open concept, that was super insulated and am just as warm here. I’ve lived in New England all my life, and you just get used to it after awhile and sort of look forward to Winter as a time to hunker down and maybe do a little quilting, read a lot (sometimes with your feet propped in the cook stove oven, really), plan out future projects, the Summer garden plan and if you’re retired, forget the shoveling. let Amazon Prime deliver the groceries and wait till the big melt. BTW, I’m in Maine too.

  19. AvatarCeylaClaire says: 182 comments

    Thanks to everyone who made what I feel are true and accurate assessments of living in such an old home in the colder parts of the States! I appreciate your candor as I have been mulling over a move to the n.e. from the Midwest (where we’re currently coming out of the deep freeze also). Keeping me close to home is the thought of restarting a life in a totally new area and not knowing anyone.
    Hope someone will buy this treasure and continue its authenticity.

  20. AvatarStacy says: 210 comments

    Amazing home! In Texas we never know what winter will be like! I “think” I would love a “real winter” but then I snap back to how I’m ready for summer sun, lakes & beaches by February! Coldest it’s been so far is 19 this year & for us that’s COLD!! I “think” I’d love the snow & adapt well, especially in a beautiful home like this by a lake (huge bonus, I love the water & fishing)… Is a dream of mine for sure, & then again I know many people who have moved to Texas to get away from the cold North & I say to them “But it’s so beautiful.” I’ve been told my birds are backwards.. They want to fly North for the winter & South for the summer! 🙂

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