Plymouth, NY – $62,900

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Added to OHD on 2/14/20   -   Last OHD Update: 5/16/20   -   27 Comments
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500 County Rd 44, Plymouth, NY 13815

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  • $62,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1024 Sq Ft
  • 12 Ac.
Good investment here.12 Acres just outside Norwich, frontage on 2 roads. Small house needs remodeling, would make a great rental. Parcel is home to Thornbrook Hall, built in 1790, unfortunately in bad disrepair. Nice parcel of land for building, storage units, etc. OWNER FINANCING WITH 20% DOWN. Listing info reflects smaller house.
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Linda Altieri Parker, Prk Properties
(607) 334-5570
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27 Comments on Plymouth, NY – $62,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posting because the history is interesting and I feel sorry for the poor thing. If it can’t be rebuilt perhaps someone will build a replica. 🙂

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  2. TGrantTGrant says: 801 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Looks like it’s starting to go the way of Halcyon Hall/Bennett College. How sad.

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  3. Jmat3922Jmat3922 says: 63 comments
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    Makes me want to cry……what a shame this beauty has been neglected so. 🙁

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  4. Barbara Zappia says: 1 comments

    I grew up not far from the Hall .It was a wonderful when you got to be on the property . I do recall it was beginning to really show age when I was young , which is a “few” years ago . The history of the hall and surrounding area is thick with events and happenings.

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  5. Jane says: 8 comments

    I have some

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  6. pamibachpamibach says: 120 comments

    I just want to get in there with a chainsaw to clear the brush and fix that poor old house

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  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Recently reduced, resharing.

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  8. MWMW says: 877 comments

    Well, fortunately is hasn’t been turned into storage units yet.

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  9. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5363 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Very understandable that many folks shake their heads at this one. It looks to be a mess created by extended neglect. Just my two centavos worth, but if it were mine to save, (assuming I had a budget allowing it) I’d bring in a preservation minded architect, try to determine from the various parts some kind of cohesive house design that makes sense and reduce in size the rambling house(s) into a single design that appears unified from the front. If the square tower really wasn’t a key feature inside, I would remove it. Along with downsizing the expansive footprint, anything removed would be salvaged and saved to the extent possible to be later re-used in putting the house back together. The process would be akin to pruning a long neglected but worth saving tree. The end result would be a heavily remodeled home of 3,000 sq. feet or less with an interior dated to reflect the most important period of significance for the property. It might take some time, but I feel it possible to end up with a house that looks old but functions efficiently. Make it worthwhile (grinning) and I’ll be happy to show you what I mean.

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  10. JimHJimH says: 4939 comments
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    The house was built over four generations by the Cook family, with many of the additions made by local attorney Walter Abial Cook (1826-1892). A large art gallery was added in 1927, connecting the two rear wings and creating a courtyard with vehicle access.
    The last family inhabitant, Walter’s daughter Mary Adaline Cook Crescimanno, died in 1964, and her husband, supposedly an Italian nobleman, hired a caretaker who opened the place for tours. The state preservation report noted serious repairs required back in 1981, with little evidence of maintenance since.
    “Thornbrook Hall, nestled among locust trees, sits on the Country Club Road in South Plymouth, NY. It is a very special house with a castle-like structure. The original part was built in 1799 and the last part in 1927. The house has thirty-six rooms, seven stairways, ten fireplaces, fourteen entrances, and one hundred-seventeen windows. The house has a chapel and a throne room that contain furniture from a castle in Italy. There is an art gallery with one-hundred forty-nine paintings and a ballroom; also fifteen bedrooms, a dining room, breakfast room, music room, library, study, kitchen, six living rooms, and several other rooms. All of the house is furnished with antiques, some dating back to the middle ages. Many of the paintings are by noted European artists. The five-story tower contains the servants quarters and also offers a good view of the area.”

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5363 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Thanks Jim for the additional information. Despite the somewhat plain exterior appearance (not counting the damaged areas) from your description it appears the interior was almost palatial in some of the rooms at one time.

      I think its valid to assume the paintings, furniture, and antiques are long gone-perhaps they were placed in an auction when the house really started to go downhill. Again, I believe an architect experienced in historic preservation would be worthwhile to bring on board to determine what should and what can be saved. If the five story tower was merely used for servant’s quarters, except for the loss of views, I can’t see where it adds much. If an intelligent approach is taken towards renovation and restoration, out of the 36 rooms, perhaps paring the number down to around a dozen would still allow for a nice large home with lots of period character and visual interest. A full blown restoration of the entire assemblage would undoubtedly take the project well into million dollar territory. Not many potential buyers have pockets that deep and even those who do are unlikely to want to spend it on this particular property. (I’d love to be mistaken, of course) Keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

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    • There is a video of Thornbrook Hall on Youtube. Look for Cook Family DVD it was posted by my son.

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  11. roxxxroxxx says: 495 comments
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    Now couldn’t this be a possible project for this group, if enough people felt compelled to contribute? I like the way John laid out a path.

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  12. I have watched many English home restorations on houses hundreds of years old and some not so old. But any thing can be restored if you have the drive, means and courage! I am happy to see by John’s comment that peeling away additions is sometimes a viable option.

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  13. I have watched many English home restorations on houses hundreds of years old and some not so old. But any thing can be restored if you have the drive, means and courage! I am happy to see by John’s comment that peeling away additions is sometimes a viable option.
    Also this house has its own Facebook page, Thornbrook Hall.

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  14. Sorry Kelly , I double posted.🤦‍♂️

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