1738 Georgian – Montague, MA

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Added to OHD on 6/24/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   14 Comments
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17 Old Sunderland Rd, Montague, MA 01351

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  • $315,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3096 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Captain Joseph Root was one of the founders of the town of Montague. He built the first house in the town, and that structure became the temporary meeting place for town and church. In the mid-to-late 1700's, The M. Root Tavern welcomed guests traveling by stagecoach along the busy King's Highway. Presently, the house stands proud, its history apparent in its structure and original indoor design, paneling and floors. Step onto the back porch and breathe in the tranquility of this quiet, expansive corner lot with artistic plantings, then move inside to experience the character that 281 years have created. Nine rooms offer space for comfortable family living and gatherings, or short-term rental situations. If you value historical connections, and understand period homes, this historically important property is worthy of your consideration.
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Steven Palatt, Sawicki Real Estate
(413) 549-2600
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14 Comments on 1738 Georgian – Montague, MA

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  1. Gail M.Gail M. says: 196 comments
    1964 Brutalist midmod condo
    Saint Paul, MN

    i would love to live somewhere like this.

  2. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1934 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Whoever gets this lovely antique will have Old Deerfield nearby.

  3. pammer2pammer2 says: 24 comments

    O M G!!!

  4. I can’t help but love houses from that time period and although I like the unpainted outside is there a reason alot of them seem to be unpainted? I have always been curious about it. I noticed that there are no mantle shelf above the old fireplaces, was that the custom at the time? Beautiful tranquil place and looks like you are stepping back in time on the front view, very lovely indeed.

    • Hardwoods were used for clapboards to withstand the elements and were traditionally left unpainted for several reasons.

      The creation of paint was an involved, laborious art — alchemy, really, that was revolutionized in the early 18th century when a machine to grind pigments was invented making paint economically viable and more accessible. Before this invention, paint was considered ostentatious if not impractical, and was largely avoided for that reason by early settlers. Clapboards were stained with a mixture of oil, spirits, and perhaps some pigments mixed in.

      The intricately-carved detail surrounding the spectacular entry indicates this house may have been painted, perhaps white, somewhere along the line. Even with the comparatively advanced quality of paint today, within a few decades, especially in New England, paint easily weathers away leaving bare clapboards.

      It wasn’t until the early 19th century that mantels began to protrude from walls. In houses as early as this one, mantles were almost flush with the wall for practical consideration; fireplaces were utilitarian and often large enough to walk into.

      This is a fascinating house. Right you are, a beautiful, tranquil place.

  5. BethanyBethany says: 3434 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This has a nice “Little Women” vibe going on.

  6. LadyTexasLadyTexas says: 194 comments
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    1979 Traditional
    Plano, TX

    Does the cat come with the property?

  7. GayeGaye says: 14 comments
    1950 Independence, MO

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!

  8. JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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    Wow, a beauty and a historic relic you could actually own and live in – amazing! I don’t know if it’s all certifiably authentic but it’s certainly very old and every bit looks the part.

    Excuse the digression: a 1738 house in Franklin County MA brings to mind an ancestor of mine born that year who lived not far away. He was a housewright who probably built and worked on many houses like this. His people came on the Mayflower and lived with Miles Standish, and a great grandmother was hung as a witch at Salem. He was a militia captain in the Revolution – his eldest son served with him – and he died soon after, leaving a widow and 11 children. It’s not known where he or his son (my ancestor) are buried, but they are remembered.

    It’s houses like this that make our history real and are so important to preserve and cherish.

  9. SueSue says: 528 comments
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    1802 Cape

    That door!!!!

  10. PuristaPurista says: 164 comments

    Yes, that door: real…or a fanciful combination of Connecticut Valley doorway and Hadley chest (carved floral motif)? I’d lean considerably toward the latter because it has a little too much of everything, right down to the pineapple. Pilasters with flutes would be more typical. And I’d vote for fanciful on the tombstone-paneled front doors, too, but would delight in being wrong on all counts. Does anybody know?

    Also I think there is a possibility this house began as less deep with a steeper roof pitch. The gables look stretched out and overpopulated with window.

    It’s a good house in a decent state of preservation even if there is a little whimsy here and there.

    • PuristaPurista says: 164 comments

      Followup. As Charlie Parker would have said, ”Confirmation.” Door surround, and, undoubtedly front doors themselves, fanciful restoration work. This from the MHC Reconnaissance Survey Town Report MONTAGUE, 1982:

      “Probably the finest Colonial structure still standing in the town is the Root Tavern at Montague Center, dated 1739. A center chimney structure three bays wide by two deep, the tavern is notable for its two-story one-bay-wide side ell and for its broken scroll pediment entrance surround, a 1930s restoration. In addition to the Root Tavern, as many as three other taverns operated in the town in the period.”

      That said, it in no way negates the authenticity/importance of interior features, obviously worthy of conservation.

  11. Old house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJOld house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJ says: 41 comments
    1973 bungalow
    Chincoteague Island, VA

    Yes please!

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