Tour an Old Stone Home This Christmas

Step back in time this holiday season! Some of the most historic stone homes in the country are open for tours, teas and more. Check out this line-up to find an event in your community. Is your favorite stone home sponsoring a holiday event? Let us know and we’ll add details to this listing.

Christmas at Fort Hunter

Fort Hunter Mansion, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Christmas tours, old stone homes, old stone houses
Now Through December 23
Guided tours highlight holiday trimmings and Victorian-era customs
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

38th Annual Festival of Trees

Pearl Buck House Festival of Trees old stone homes old stone houses holiday events
Now Through December 31
Holiday interiors designed by Bucks County’s best artists and decorators
Pearl S. Buck House
Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Puritan Past, Holiday Presents

Henry Whitfield House Connecticut holiday event Christmas old stone homes old stone houses
December 10-11
House tour, treats, ornament making and more
Henry Whitfield State Museum
Guilford, Connecticut

Christmas Carol Tea

Steppingstone Farm Museum Havre de Grace Maryland Christmas tea old stone homes old stone houses holiday events
December 10-11
Victorian tea with holiday storytelling
Steppingstone Farm Museum
Havre de Grace, Maryland

Historic East Berlin Christmas House Tour

East Berlin Pennsylvania holiday home tour old stone homes old stone houses
December 11
Six privately owned homes will be open to the public, as well as three Society Buildings, plus music, open hearth cooking demonstrations and refreshments
East Berlin Historical Preservation Society

East Berlin, Pennsylvania

St. Nicholas Days

Old Stone House Ramsey New Jersey St. Nicholas Day old stone homes old stone houses holiday events
December 11
Open house, cooking demonstrations, crafts, tree trimming and more
Old Stone House Museum
Ramsey, New Jersey

Holiday Candlelight Tour

Ramsey House Knoxville Tennessee candlelight tours old stone homes old stone houses holiday events
December 11
Period decorations and candlelight in the 1797 home of Francis Alexander Ramsey and his family
Historic Ramsey House
Knoxville, Tennessee

Holiday Open House

Sayler House Pearl River New Jersey old stone houses old stone homes holiday events dollhouse
December 11 and 18
Holiday decorations, dollhouse holiday show, carols under the tree and cookies
Historic Salyer House
Pearl River, New Jersey

Brandenburgers Holiday Concert

Old Stone House Brooklyn New York historic homes old stone homes holiday concert holiday events Brandenburgers
December 17
Violins, violas, cellos, bass and flute play music by Bach, Corelli, Dvorak, Glickman, Ostyn and Piazzolla
Old Stone House & Washington Park
Brooklyn, New York

Lantern Tours

Ephrata Cloister Lancaster County Pennsylvania Lantern Tours old stone homes old stone houses holiday events
December 27-31
Theatrical tours that present the religious community as it may have appeared in the 1700s
Ephrata Cloister
Ephrata, Pennsylvania

A Soft Spot for As-Is Stone Homes

Something Special in York Springs

Old stone homes for sale, log cabin, York Springs, Pennsylvania, 140 Company Farm Road, historic homes for sale, old homes for sale
What you get: An “as-is” log home and a stone summer kitchen that date back to the early to mid-1800s, 40 acres of some of Adams County, Pennsylvania’s, finest farmland (plus creek frontage) and old stones the present owner has gathered from the property for use in the home’s restoration.

Salvation for the General Store?

old stone building for sale, River Building, Long Valley, New Jersey, blacksmith shop, Mill road, endangered buildings
This old stone building in the center of Long Valley, New Jersey, goes by many names: the River Building, the Lyman Kice General Store and, simply, the blacksmith shop. It’s an important piece of Washington Township history, as it served as a blacksmith and wagon repair shop, a general store and, later, the center of socialization in the community. The building sits along the south branch of the Raritan River, awaiting a kind-hearted caretaker.

Gentleman’s Farm Facing Hard Times

Old stone homes for sale, Coatesville, Pennsylvania, 1410 Manor Rd., endangered properties, old stone barns
The stone home was built in 1796 and features five bedrooms and six (!!) fireplaces. The property comes with 24 acres of land, a bank barn, a stone springhouse and a small stream. Lots of history and potential here, if the owner is willing to dig in and do good for this time-forgotten property.

Keep it (Under) 100: Old Stone Homes for a Steal

They’re out there, you may just need to do a little scouring (and be willing to live in a smaller community or a bit off the beaten path). Take a look at these gems at $100,000 or less. Each stone home has its pros and cons. Which one would you choose?

Pennsylvania Farmhouse with Potential

Old stone farmhouse, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, old stone homes for sale, old stone houses for sale, historic properties
Primitive. That’s the best way to describe this Fayette County jewel. Utilities are available but not connected and the home is stripped down to its bare essence. Although the property is listed as circa-1870, there is some speculation that it was constructed earlier and the farmstead of settler John Hamilton Bryson.
Price: $89,900

Quaint Canal Worker’s Cottage


The village of Medina sprung up during the construction of the Erie Canal in the early 1800s. Canal workers built homes of sandstone and brick, and hotels were constructed to house barge passengers making an overnight stop. A remnant of its former bustling days, this quaint cottage, circa 1820, is nestled within a stone’s throw of the community’s main street historic district. The childhood home of well-known resident Arthur Newell, this home surely has its own stories to tell.
Price: $39,900

A True Texas Rose


One of the oldest homes in Comanche County, this circa-1874 beauty was built by W.C. Switzer, a local blacksmith, and served as his residence and boarding home for students who attended the local community college. The back patio alone is worth the budget-friendly price tag.
Price: $84,000

Stone Ruins, Shells and More

Say, you purchase a plot of land, and sitting atop that slice of earth is a stone foundation, a random wall or the shell of an old stone home. What would you do with it? Take a look at these for-sale properties and tell us what you think. Which one do you like the best? Which has the most potential? Which one makes you long to see photos of the property from former days?

Charles Springer Tavern Stone Barn Remains


On a plot of land that fronts Lancaster Pike in Wilmington, Delaware, you’ll find these beautiful circa-1852 stone barn ruins. They were once part of the larger circa-1780 Springer Tavern property that sits just across the lane from the barn. The barn was built by farmer Moses Journey, who purchased the tavern property in 1848.

Marshall Family Land Holdings


Own a piece of Bucks County history! This Erwinna, Pennsylvania, plot of land, originally owned by some of the township’s earliest residents, boasts amazing views across the Delaware Canal and River to New Jersey. The almost five-acre property includes its original farmhouse, which is in dire need of restoration, plus a barn, a corn crib and the remains of the property’s original bank barn.

Old Farmstead with Stone Shell


Gentleman farmer? Winemaker? Horse breeder? Now’s your chance to own 28 rolling pasture-like acres of prime farmland in lush York County, Pennsylvania. This Dover property comes with a barn with an old stone wall forebay, an open-span shed, a courtyard-style area and a circa-1900 stone farmhouse surrounded by a stone-capped wall. The home is in shell condition, awaiting the personal touches of a loving owner.

A Patch of Mountain Paradise


Private mountain views in all directions? Sold! This 97-acre plot of land in Madison, Virginia, is surrounded by 500 acres of Rapidan Wildlife Management Area land and provides space for a new house or cabin and includes the remains of the property’s original stone homestead, which could be incorporated into a new build. Beautiful!

Must-Stay Summer Vacation Retreats

We’ll offically kick off summer this weekend. Have you hammered down your vacation plans? Or do you prefer to wing it and escape for spur-of-the-moment adventures? Either way, you’ll love this round-up of old stone vacation homes and cottages. If your travels take you to New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia this summer, you’re in luck!

Horse Farm in Lancaster County Amish Country


Location: Providence, Pennsylvania
Age: Circa 1850
Best feature:  This expansive farmhouse is situated on a immaculate 50-acre working horse farm.

Creekside Retreat in Mercersburg


Location: Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Age: Circa 1816
Best feature: The peaceful property is bounded in back by Johnston Run.

French Huguenot-Style Farmhouse


Location: New Paltz, New York
Age: 1796
Best feature: The historic four-bedroom home is bordered by 6,400 acres of the forests, streams and lakes of the Mohonk Preserve, designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the “Earth’s Last Great Places.”

Cozy Retreat in the Catskills


Location: Stone Ridge, New York
Age: Circa 1750s
Best feature: The completely restored home is located in the heart of the Catskills near the Ashokan Resevoir and Mohonk Mountain.

Vacation Stay in the Shenandoah Valley


Location: Lexington, Virginia
Age: 1780
Best feature: This stately home’s two-foot-thick walls and period furnishings make you feel far away from life’s hustle and bustle.

Stone Home Living in the Old Line State

My, oh, my, the stone homes for sale right now in Maryland! These beauties are on the higher end of the scale, but talk about dreamy! Take a look. Which one would you grab if money were no object?

Something Special in Spark


This three-story beauty is located very close to the Pennsylvania border. Dating back to 1800, the home has been completely remodeled and sits on almost two acres, along with a barn and workshop.

Natural Beauty in Knoxville


This historic home, coined Stoney Brook Farm, was built by Dr. Zachariah Claggett is 1821. The home is surrounded by lush Pleasant Valley farmland and Maryland’s burgeoning wine country. The 57-acre estate includes a converted smoke house, a spring house, an artist workshop/outbuildings, a huge bank barn with stables and work rooms, a heated commercial greenhouse and a small glass greenhouse.

Stone Dream Home Near the City


The backyard and patio alone are worth the investment! The original portion of this old stone home was constructed in 1808. Located just outside of Baltimore, this expansive homestead sits on almost five acres of property.

Sweetheart Stone Cottages in Pennsylvania

Thank God for Pennsylvania, the land of old stone homes. We have German, Swedish and Scots-Irish settlers to thank for bringing with them distinctive architectural styles, plus masonry skills that would guarantee the longevity and durability of these early dwellings.

Today, we focus on the smaller homes, the cottages that most often dot the countryside. Charming? Absolutely. Affordable? More often than not. Dreamy? Without question.

Take a peek at these four steal-your-heart homes, waiting for someone willing to take a chance.

The Real Deal in Robesonia


A fly fisherman’s dream come true. This two-story cape, circa 1820, is nestled right across the street from trout-stocked Furnace Creek. The home has been completely remodeled, while maintaining the cottage’s most charming original details (exposed stone walls!). Outbuildings are just one of several amenities that make this property a keeper.

Fleetwood Cottage Far from the Madding Crowd


Pennsylvania or the Irish countryside? Honestly, it’s hard to tell when one first spies photos of this 868-square-foot stone cottage, circa 1850. Situated on three acres, the home comes with many outbuildings, including the original summer kitchen with open walk-in hearth and barn structure. It wouldn’t take much effort or elbow grease to put your unique stamp on this historic home.

Care Needed for Coopersburg Cottage


Located in the beautiful Lehigh Valley, close to Allentown, this circa-1890 stone cottage is in dire need of some love and attention. Two pluses: the big stone fireplace and the home’s location on a quiet country road that cuts through picturesque Pennsylvania farmland.

Rural Home with a River View


There’s a lot to say about this old stone cottage in Wrightsville. Can we start with that stellar view of the Susquehanna River? Breathtaking. Not to mention the completely renovated interiors. Originally a schoolhouse, this circa-1892 structure would prove an ideal starter home for a small, growing family.