c. 1778 – Colchester, CT – $348,000

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Added to OHD on 2/17/21   -   Last OHD Update: 2/27/21   -   23 Comments
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398 Parum Rd, Colchester, CT 06415

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  • $348,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2606 Sq Ft
  • 12 Ac.
Unique 12.00 acre property on Parum Road in Colchester CT. Home was built in 1778 and masterfully maintained to be as original as possible. Owner has occupied residence for 50 years and has preserved this beautiful colonial to be something very special. 2606 sq/ft, bedroom, 1 full bath, and 1 half bath. Large attic space with walk up stairs. Total of 6 fireplaces located in the kitchen, living room, formal living room, and upstairs bedrooms. Original wood floors and fixtures. Owner is willing to negotiate for antique items in the home that buyer may want. Custom built front door with bullseye glass made to resemble homes in CT's most famous historic district, Old Wethersfield. This home is situated on 12+ acres of beautiful pastures that have been hayed consistently every summer. Colchester is a Right To Farm town and these lands are perfect for farming. Brook runs along the edge of the property. Fruit tree, blueberries, and grapevine gardens. Lot can be subdivided further by new owner, very large frontage for additional homes. Dirt road has already been constructed to a second lot which is approximately 3 acres (Sale is for total acreage, owner not interested in selling lot separately). Barn style 2 Car garage is a newer outbuilding with plenty of space for equipment, tools, and two cars Home is to be sold as is. This is an antique colonial that has been preserved to resemble its original character as much as possible.
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Brendon Mansaku, McCorrison DW Fish Real Estate
(860) 228-9451
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23 Comments on c. 1778 – Colchester, CT – $348,000

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  1. GretaLynGretaLyn says: 401 comments
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    Friends, there is a LOOM in the attic! Swooooon….

    • MichaelMichael says: 2977 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      It looks as if there is also a Victorian era settee and bedframe are up there as well. The loom would go with the decor, the other pieces, not so much. I love the floors! Really charming home!

    • I am a weaver and picked right up on that…on the spinning wheel in the bedroom, too. I’m hoping to start spinning soon. Love the house!

    • pammer2pammer2 says: 25 comments

      First words from my mouth were Oh dear me!!! ❤️ What a treasure.

    • CarebearCarebear says: 1213 comments
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      My Great Grandmother, who was what I call, an artistic engineer, built a loom, and wove rugs on it. If she had been allowed to go to college for engineering or design…

  2. JimHJimH says: 5401 comments
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    If it’s still OK to revere Early Americana, I’m in for this one. Reasonably authentic with decor and collections to match. In the mid-19th C., it was the home of Ambrose Dutton (1795-1872), farmer and wagonmaker. I don’t know who built it, but it possibly passed from the Otis family through marriage. Very nice!

  3. This home is remarkable, I am at a loss for words.
    Sincerely thankful to have a glimpse inside.

  4. CindyHCindyH says: 114 comments

    The woods are lovely, dark, and deep….. I love the sink in the kitchen! Can anyone tell me anything about it?

  5. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 665 comments
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    In pic 32 there is an old dresser. Awhile back I made an admiring comment about once having seen a pic of a very basic kitchen, where the owner had taken two old dressers, put one on each side of the sink and called it a day. I think I just found my first dresser.

  6. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 665 comments
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    In pic 32 there is a wonderful old dresser. Awhile back I made an admiring and aspiring comment about once having seen a pic of a very basic kitchen, where the owner had taken two old dressers, put one on each side of the sink and called it a day. I think I just found my first dresser.

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

  7. Americangothic95Americangothic95 says: 6 comments
    1810 Colonial

    This house is absolutely perfect!

  8. LesFosselLesFossel says: 86 comments
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    1815 Cape

    If this house was truly built in 1778, then it’s parlor walls had raised paneling. When fielded paneling went out of style, they often just plastered over it. Looks like a soapstone sink. The coolest looms were built into the framing of the rear upstairs room – once saw an example in place. The floors are oak, typical for CT – as are the stone fireplaces. Interesting there are two fireplaces with bake ovens (two kitchens). The fireplaces look more like 1810 – if so, then no paneling.
    Les Fossel

    • PuristaPurista says: 180 comments

      From what I see, Les, it was built in 1778 or thereabouts (as attested to by what appear to be wrought nails in the floorboards) and never had raised, or fielded, paneling. By the third quarter of the eighteenth century, a vernacular, less pretentious version of the two-story, 5-bay house was appearing, and it lacked the elegant–and expensive–paneled/pilastered fireplace walls, paneled dados, and paneled sliding or folding window shutters. In other words, towards the end of the eighteenth century in New England, paneling, or the absence of it, was less a function of date and more a function of wealth.

      First Period (17th century until about 1725) framing members were generally exposed. And quite often they were covered up with plaster or sheathing as the 18th century wore on and exposed joists and posts were considered a backward feature. Raised paneling, however, which began appearing in about 1720, was never considered out-of-style or an embarrassment. To the contrary, it continued enjoying its status as a luxurious appointment and generally was left intact and in view through the 18th and 19th centuries even as the once-exposed framing was hidden under plaster or within beam boxes.

    • CarebearCarebear says: 1213 comments
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      Its so odd, that in the middle of a revolution, someone dared build a house. I wonder if the builder/first owner was Loyalist or Rebel?

  9. Belladog1Belladog1 says: 107 comments
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    I too love this basic kitchen I would rather have a kitchen like this one than a new (custom) kitchen. It just feels more homie to me. Oh and a butlers pantry after all a collector / hoarder needs some place to put all the china!

    • BoobtubeBoobtube says: 306 comments
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      1984 Post and Beam saltbox

      There is plenty to like about this home. I cannot figure out where they are hiding the refrigerator. I even did the virtual tour and looked around that kitchen. No fridge in sight. I’m afraid this kitchen, as it currently stands, would not accommodate my cookware, utensils and dishes. I’d need some more storage space, which could be done while not turning it into an HGTV remodel. I’d probably want an upstairs bathroom, as well. It’s a long trip downstairs in the middle of the night. All in all, I think one could do quite well with this home with some work.

      • KarenKaren says: 5 comments
        1750 Pre revolutionary
        Hopewell Township, NJ, NJ

        Agreed! I own and live in a stone and brick farm house built in 1750 with 1774 addition. Our kitchen is in the 1750 part with a wonderful huge brick fireplace and fireplace cupboard to the right. It is charming and original.
        We only have 100” of newer kitchen cabinets. It makes it hard to live like an HGTV house when you are an avid cook. We added large primitive cupboards in other rooms where we could to hold my assorted kitchen aid appliances.
        I also put a shed out by the barn to hold all my specialty dishes and baking oddities.
        It takes creativity and grit to adjust to a small primitive kitchen but well worth it in the end.

  10. MJGonzalezMJGonzalez says: 17 comments
    1956 Ranch
    Eureka, CA

    Hi Boobtube. I found the kitchen! When you do the virtual tour, the refrigerator is in the room to the right of the kitchen near the fireplace. The home is lovely and homey. I could easily live here in my retirement years and tend to a garden or fence some of the land to put my horse on.

  11. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1066 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    What a gem!!!

  12. TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 277 comments
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    Coastal Cottage

    What a Colonial charmer! So many great features – the sink as ya’ll have mentioned but my eye is drawn to that mysterious cupboard above the fireplace.
    I’ve researched and have yet to find a definitive purpose for these cupboards! Guesses on the Interwebs are a place to keep sherry for the parson, to warm night clothes, so many ideas but nothing conclusive! But still, charmed.

  13. LesFosselLesFossel says: 86 comments
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    1815 Cape

    Good to meet someone who is interested in this field. If you want to communicate more directly, then you can go to my website (google Fossel) & get my email address.
    I’ve been doing this for something over 50 years, including 10 years in Eastern Connecticut, including as chair of the NECRPA where we surveyed the all the early buildings in NE CT. Currently I am in Maine and have 16 employees with something like 200 years of experience in most aspects of historic preservation. We maintain one of the best private libraries on early NE architecture. I think you’d find my “Dating Early Buildings By their Features” spreadsheet interesting.
    Wrought nails began being supplanted by cut nails about 1800. The smaller sizes came 1st. My experience is that oak flooring was secured by wrought nails longer into the 19th century – probably because cut nails do not hold as well as wrought nails, and oak flooring is difficult to hold down.
    In economic terms, as plaster became cheaper and wood more expensive, paneling of all types were replaced by plaster – this is also true of moldings as molding planes started to be manufactured, driving down the price of elaborate moldings.
    It is also possible that the Colchester house was built in 1778, but not finished until much later. In Canterbury, there were two Revolutionary era houses that never had their 2nd stories finished – one was finished in the 1970s & the other was torn down because the town’s assessors (in their infinite stupidity) insisted on taxing the unfinished 2nd story space as living space. It is quite something to walk up the stairs to the 2nd story and realize there not any floorboards and you can see up 18′ to the ridgepole.
    There are other clues to the date of this house:
    1. None of the doors show any evidence of raised panels with molding. Thumbnail molded raised panel doors were common until about 1795, when they were replaced by ovolo molded raised panel doors. Ovolo moldings transitioned out about 1820. Raised panel doors lingered into the 1820s, but the raised side usually faced the less formal space. Note that the 6 panel door in the front hall has flat panels into a formal space. In an earlier era, such a door would have had raised panels on both sides (& the square panels would have been in the middle). The doors themselves got thicker further into the 19th century to accommodate flat panels on both sides (flat panels must be thicker or they will crack). Wrought iron Suffolk latches lingered into the 1820s in utility spaces. Note the Norfolk latches in the more formal spaces – extremely uncommon in 1778.
    2. The two kitchen fireplaces are both quite small – not common before the 1820s. If they were brick fireplaces, then one could suppose there were larger fireplaces behind the small fireplaces. This is extremely unlikely with stone fireplaces. Also note that the parlor & bedchamber fireplaces are of a “Rumford” design – uncommon in 1778, but standard by the 1820s. Two kitchen fireplaces are quite uncommon. I’ve only seen it in two-family houses.
    The spacing between the paired front windows can be an indicator of age. Generally that space got wider with the introduction of exterior shutters in the early 19th century (so both shutters could be secured back against the clapboards on both sides).
    The window caps are interesting. If they are original crown moldings, then that would argue for the 1778 date, but against the simple interior as being original. If the window frames were pegged with molded sills, then that would cement that 1778 build date.
    That is about all I can milk out of this particular RE listing. I hope you find this informative.
    Les Fossel


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