Holy smokes, Vermont! We had no idea you laid claim to some of the prettiest old stone homes in the country. Check out these stunners — from old-fashioned farmhouses to Greek revival-style mansions. The dreamy grey stone is likely marble, mica schist or granite. These six beauties are all up for grabs. We couldn’t think of a better way to start a brand new life!
Just this week, The Baltimore Sun published a story of one couple’s decades-long love affair with an old stone schoolhouse. The building, constructed in 1879 of locally quarried granite and originally coined Baltimore County Schoolhouse No. 3, was converted to a home in the 1940s and then used as an antiques store in the 1990s before the Brickner-Filipczaks took ownership. But now that the couple’s children are grown, they are ready to pass the home on to the next generation of “caretakers”.
Is the thought of living in an old stone schoolhouse your dream come true? Check out these other adorable properties on the market:
There’s something so romantic about an old stone castle — the winding staircases, turrets and secrete passageways. And, of course, a ghost or two. Believe it or not, old stone castles do exist in the US — we’ve found several on the market! Take a look at this bunch and tell us which historic home you’d love to call your own!
Now’s your chance to live the dream: buy an old stone home at a steal and renovate from inside out to suit your needs. These fixer-uppers require a few cans of paint and some elbow grease, for sure. But the return on investment? Priceless!
Audience participation requested: If you have a few moments, pick a home, click on the image to review the details and then tell us how you would bring your favorite stone treasure back to life.
Dreaming of a tiny stone cottage befit for a fairy tale? The Cotswalds and Irish countryside don’t lay claim. We found some lovely little gems right here in the States! Take a peek and tell us which one fits your vision.
Park-Like Setting in Pennsylvania
Delta, Pennsylvania, is the location of the historic Ox Bow House, a circa-1800 stone cottage that was once part of the Castle Finn iron forge plantation. The fieldstone home is nestled on over 30 park-like acres of lush farmland and boasts a large walk-in fireplace and original slate roof. An added bonus: Muddy Creek cuts right through the property, offering the new owner opportunities for fishing, kayaking, gemstone panning and more.
Classic German Architecture in New Jersey
Built in 1782, this cottage sits on a quiet lane in the colonial-era town of Long Valley, New Jersey. The town, founded by German immigrants and originally coined, “German Valley,” boasts fine examples of German colonial architecture (i.e. amazing old stone homes). This adorable cottage is surrounded by gardens and outbuildings and also boasts lovely wide-plank pine flooring.
Lovely “Luxe”-Style Cottage in Iowa
We head to Iowa to see the third stone cottage, a circa-1875 structure that originally served as a boys’ school. The humble stone home is located in the village of St. Donatus, a farming community founded in 1846 by Luxembourg immigrants and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is fashioned from locally sourced limestone and features white pine floors and 12-foot ceilings.
What would it be like to live in a home built during America’s colonial period, before the signing of the Declartation? Would the home’s rich past compensate for the mysterious creaks and cracks, the occasional draft and “improvements” that have done more harm than good?
These Mid-Atlantic homes are looking for new owners. You up for the challenge? Take a look and tell us which one you’d pick.
Year Built: 1705
Known as Holland Hall, this circa-1705 stone home, located in Saugerties, New York, boasts stunning views of the Catskills. The home features three bedrooms and three old hearths that could easily be put back to use.
Most outstanding feature: Original open hearths
Colonial happenings of the year: Virginia became the first colony to establish a comprehensive slave code. The code asserted that slaves were real estate. Benjamin Franklin was born the following year.
Year Built: 1730
This Ellicott City, Maryland, farmhouse, circa 1730, has been passed down through Maryland’s Carroll family (Charles Carroll was a signer of the Declaration of Independence). The home includes exposed stone interior walls and cottage gardens awaiting a green thumb’s touch.
Most outstanding feature: The rustic barn with stone foundation
Colonial happenings of the year: Baltimore was founded in the Maryland colony. The Great Awakening, an evangelical religious movement, swepted through America.
Year Built: 1740
Built in 1740, this Georgian-style millhouse, located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, is nestled along a babbling stream. An extensive renovation in 2003 melded the best of old and new.
Most outstanding feature: Proximity to stream
Colonial happenings of the year: The King George’s War erupted overseas. Famine in Ireland sent many settlers to the Shenandoah Valley area.
Year Built: 1750
This Bloomsbury, New Jersey, stone home, constructed in 1750, comes with an attached rancher that you can live in while restoration work is under way.
Most outstanding feature: Lush 1.5-acre lot
Colonial happenings of the year: The population of the American colonies reached one million. The flatboat and the Conestoga wagon improved transportation.
Year Built: 1770
Lagrange Farm, a circa-1770 stone estate located in Stephens City, Virginia, has successfully stood the test of time. With a timber bank barn and over seven acres of land, this property is the perfect place to establish a business – or family retreat.
Most outstanding feature: Acres of pasture
Colonial happenings of the year: The population of the American colonies reached just over 2.2 million people. The Boston Massacre occurred.
Old stone taverns certainly tug at the heartstrings, don’t they? See one and your mind tends to wander off to a place long ago and far away. Can’t you just imagine the scene? A warm fire blazes in the open hearth as locals — from landholders to lowly farmers — huddle around candle-topped tables, discussing politics of the day as tankards of ale slowly take their toll. There’s something nostalgic too, about the notion of the weary traveler, stopping off at a wayside inn after a long journey to find conversation and perhaps a warm supper and a place to lay his or her head.
There are many early American taverns still standing (and operating!) in this country. And on occasion, an tavern-turned-home comes up for sale, the owner hoping to find a thoughtful someone willing to take on the caretaking responsibility for a few more decades.
If you’re currently shopping for an old stone home with a special spirit of hospitality, you’ll want to take a look at these five magnificent properties, located along old toll roads and once-busy thoroughfares in Pennsylvania.
Cumberland Hall, an estate nestled on 2+ acres, was once known as Moore’s Tavern. The Carlisle, Pennsylvania, limestone home was built by James Moore in 1788 and operated as a tavern from 1795 to 1885. The home boasts 17 rooms, eight working wood-burning fireplaces, a rebuilt barn and a vintage brick tollhouse.
Originally known as the Gechter Tavern on the Oley Toll Road and steeped in Civil War history, this circa-1750 home, located near Reading, Pennsylvania, boasts four bedrooms, its original springhouse with walk-in fireplace, a bank barn and a wagon shed.
In 1740, Daniel LeVan, an immigrant from the Netherlands, built a stone home along a highway that connected the Pennsylvania towns of Reading and Easton. As traffic grew, so too did the size of his home until finally, in 1765, Daniel opened The LeVan Tavern, which would go on to host both John Adams and George Washington. After decades of serving as a hotel/bar/restaurant and, finally, as a yoga studio, the property is up for sale. Although the building is zoned commercial, second-floor living quarters are available for a brave soul willing to bring this historic tavern back to life.
A stop for 19th-century travelers along the National Road in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, The Johnson-Hatfield Tavern was built in 1817 by Randolph Dearth for Robert Johnson. The building served as a tavern through 1855 and thereafter as a private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home sits on 3.75 acres and features a historic stone springhouse.
Built in 1768 by Johannes Jaeger (John Hunter), this Georgian-style sandstone home located in Oley Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, doubled as a wayside inn during the colonial period. The home features 12 rooms and four fireplaces, plus an 18th century log cabin (not original to the site), a wagon shed and an English-style barn.
To learn more about the importance of the tavern or inn in the lives of Early Americans, take some time to read this informative post on the Gothic Curiosity Cabinet blog.