March 17, 2017

Preservation Personals: 19th-Century Vermont House Seeks Writer-In-Residence

  • By: Jared Foretek

The chance to live here only comes around every few centuries. In fact, I’ve been in the same prestigious family since I was built back in 1806.

My current owner is the granddaughter of world-famous author Frances Parkinson Keyes and New Hampshire governor Henry W. Keyes. The Johnson-Keyes family’s Vermont roots are deep, as Thomas Johnson was among Newbury’s earliest settlers and Frances is buried in town. I’m sure you’ll love it here as much as they did.

But let’s talk about me for a bit. I’m set on a 2.5-acre lot and I offer breathtaking views of nearby Mt. Moosilauke and the gorgeous Connecticut River Valley. I also have a lovely garden and yard, as well as a garage that you can use to store all your dusty old paperbacks. And remember, I come from a literary family, so there’s even a store called Oxbow Books on the property.

Inside, my first floor features a large kitchen, formal dining room, and two sitting rooms for relaxing and cracking open Frances’ best-selling Joy Street.

Of course, the winters here get pretty cold. So I have eight (yes, eight!) wood-burning fireplaces to keep you warm while writing that great American novel.

Upstairs I have built-in bookcases and five bedrooms, each including a half or three-quarter bath.

A cozy house in the mountains of Vermont ... seriously, where better for a writer to find inspiration? Learn more about me here.

Newbury Colonial Exterior

photo by: Kate Cassidy

Newbury, Vermont 05015.

Newbury Colonial Office

photo by: Kate Cassidy

Get to work on that manuscript in my office.

Newbury Colonial Dining Room

photo by: Kate Cassidy

The dining room has one of my eight wood-burning fireplaces.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

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