Preservation Personals: New Hampshire Home Seeks Art Buff Owners
They say that in historic homes, the walls can talk. Well, mine paint a very vivid picture.
I was built in 1792 and none other than famed American artist Rufus Porter—whose work is still on display down the road at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston—painted nine wall murals inside that beautifully reflect the optimism of a new nation.
But that’s not all that’s original under my gabled roof. Doors, latches, and locks date back to construction, and the original Federal-style character has been kept intact through a number of renovations and updates to the kitchen and bathrooms. Significant parts of my 3,067 square feet—from room configurations to woodwork, fireplaces, and my structural framing—have been preserved through an easement held by Historic New England.
The kitchen is big enough for entertaining and filled with custom cabinetry and white board flooring. Also on the first floor is the front parlor where the Porter murals hang, sure to impress those dinner guests as they move into the adjacent formal dining room.
Outside, the roughly 260 acres on the property are held in a conservation trust to preserve the beautiful fields, ponds, and forest you’ll love to explore. And the sun porch is the perfect place to relax with a view of it all, including my lush gardens. There’s also a barn out back—make of it what you wish!
Even beyond the property line, you’ll find plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. I’m about 12 miles from the Appalachian Trail and even closer to White Mountain National Forest. Nearby Mt. Moosilauke makes for lovely hiking, as well.
So come and let these original doors and rolling hills take you back in time, when the words of New Hampshire’s state motto still rang out. “Live free or die!”
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