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Historic Houses You Can Buy That Were Built Before America Was a Country

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If These Walls Could Talk

Most of us have to crack a history book or visit a historic landmark to remind ourselves of America's beginnings, but for a small group of folks, it's as easy as relaxing at home. You might be surprised at the number of colonial houses that have stood the test of time, especially if you don't live on the East Coast. But if you're a hardcore history buff, you could even become one of their next caretakers. Take a peek at some of the nation's oldest homes that you can buy right now. 


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Historic Farmhouse in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania Exterior
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Historic Farmhouse in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania Interior
Jenn Cockerham/Vanguard Realty Alliance LLC

Birdsboro: A Peek Inside

A large, cozy hearth room is the heartbeat of this house, and it has original exposed wooden beams, a slate floor, and a stone fireplace. The updated kitchen has a stone pantry and stairs that lead up to a parlor room with 9-foot ceilings. Skylights help open up gabled bedrooms upstairs.


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Charleston Townhouse Exterior
Zillow
Charleston Townhouse Interior
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Charleston: A Peek Inside

Elegance abounds inside, with 12-foot ceilings, pine floors, ornate crown molding, and five show-stopping fireplaces. Crystal chandeliers, wainscotting, a wrought-iron Juliet balcony, and a fourth-floor apartment with exposed beams are among the other highlights.

Vermont Farmhouse Exterior
Zillow
Vermont Farmhouse Interior
Zillow

Newbury: A Peek Inside

A modern kitchen with a huge island opens up to the living and dining rooms, and there are original beams throughout. There's an insulated garage with a loft, a stunning wood-burning fireplace, and radiant heated floors — sure to be a much-appreciated perk during long Vermont winters.

Historic Dutch House in New York Exterior
Andrea Swenson- Ellis Sotheby's Intl Realty
Historic Dutch House in New York Interior
Andrea Swenson- Ellis Sotheby's Intl Realty

Pearl River: A Peek Inside

The renovated but still-charming interior has wide-board wood floors, a dining room with exposed beams and a brick fireplace, two wood-burning stoves, an updated kitchen and bathrooms, and unique curved windows and ceilings on the second floor. Still working from home? There's a spacious home office, plus a separate learning nook for the kids.

Historic Connecticut Farmhouse Exterior
Sotheby's International Realty

Old Lyme, Connecticut

$879,000

How about a home that has hosted some distinguished guests? This stately five-bedroom built around 1700 hosted both George Washington and (attention, "Hamilton" fans) Marquis de Lafayette. In the same family for three centuries, the home comes with an antique red barn and sits across from a historic church. 



Historic Connecticut Farmhouse Interior
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Old Lyme: A Peek Inside

Elegant but warm, this home features elaborate built-ins, painted beams, eight (yes, eight) original fireplaces, traditional tombstone paneling, and a screened-in porch where you can watch the seasons change. There's even a rear apartment with a separate entrance. 

Historic Maryland House Exterior
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Annapolis, Maryland

$1.5 million

Living in the heart of Maryland's charming bayside capital doesn't come cheap, but there are few places that are as steeped in early American history. This brick five-bedroom, built as early as 1704, is among the city's oldest residences and hosted signers of the Declaration of Independence, among other distinguished guests.


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Historic Maryland House Interior
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Annapolis: A Peek Inside

A formal parlor, living room, and dining room provide a warm welcome for visitors, and they include red pine flooring, fireplaces, and a ton of period charm. The kitchen and five bathrooms have all been updated, and if you make your way to the very top of the home, there are two bedrooms with original exposed wood beams.

Historic New Jersey House Exterior
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Historic New Jersey House Interior
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New Milford: A Peek Inside

There's no mistaking that this is a period home, with features including a Dutch door, ceilings with thick wood beams, enormous fireplaces, exposed brick and stone, and original pine flooring. But the eat-in kitchen has updated appliances, and there's bonus space in the basement for exercise equipment, a craft room, or storage.

Historic North Carolina House Exterior
Sotheby's International Realty

Edenton, North Carolina

$525,000

Located in a waterfront historic district, this classic four-bedroom was built in 1756 and was owned by a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Joseph Hewes. The property includes a large brick patio in the back, a roomy backyard with huge trees, and a separate cottage with its own cozy porch with a porch swing, perfect for an office or a "she shed." 


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Historic North Carolina House Interior
Sotheby's International Realty

Edenton: A Peek Inside

The stately formal rooms include original woodwork and flooring, and the home has seven impressive fireplaces and tons of built-ins. A later addition is home to a modern eat-in kitchen with stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

Historic New Hampshire House Exterior
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Historic New Hampshire House Interior
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New Ipswich: A Peek Inside

Thanks to a 19th-century addition, there's plenty of room to spread out — around 5,000 square feet, in fact. Wood floors, built-ins, several fireplaces, an antique stove, and a window seat all help give this home its warm, lived-in feel.

Historic House in Hampton, Virginia Exterior
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Historic House in Hampton, Virginia Interior
360 Tour Designs of Coastal Virginia

Hampton: A Peek Inside

At 2,000 square feet, this little gem is surprisingly roomy for a two-bedroom. Most rooms have exposed beams, and there are also exposed brick walls. There are at least three fireplaces, and an addition off the back adds another versatile living space.

Historic Rhode Island House Exterior
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Providence, Rhode Island

$865,000

The hustle and bustle of life in Providence's College Hill historic district awaits outside this three-bedroom built in 1737 by a local merchant. Set back from the main street by a tree-shaded brick courtyard, the house is a stone's throw from Roger Williams National Memorial and Brown University.


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Historic Rhode Island House Interior
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Providence: A Peek Inside

All the charm of yesteryear is still here, including wide-plank pine floors, a sidewinder staircase, wood-burning fireplaces, and tons of woodwork. But the home has also been thoughtfully updated, including a master bedroom with a large, modern bathroom and closet, and a third-floor office space.

Historic Connecticut House Exterior
Houlihan Lawrence
Historic Connecticut House Interior
Houlihan Lawrence

Windsor: A Peek Inside

From its four original fireplaces to its built-in bookcases, 12-over-12 windows, and gunstock posts, this is a home that still feels like a step back in time. One modern flourish: A sunroom off the back that opens onto a large brick patio.

Historic New York House Exterior
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Sag Harbor, New York

$6 million

This meticulous five-bedroom Greek Revival dating to 1760 has a big story to match its big price. It was originally home to a Revolutionary War captain, John Hulbert, who helped wrest Fort Ticonderoga from the British; he even managed to design a prototype of the American flag in the process. Notable exterior features include a wraparound porch and a roof deck with a fireplace. In back, there's a heated gunite pool.  


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Historic New York House Interior
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Sag Harbor: A Peek Inside

No expense was spared restoring and modernizing the interior. Original beams, elaborate molding, and eight masonry fireplaces are a nod to the past, but the high-end kitchen has brass fixtures and top-of-the-line appliances. There's also a copper bar in a third-floor entertainment room, and a media room on the lower level.