1863. Can't say it was the best of times. War and sadness hung over the nation like a dark cloud. But there was a bright spot, a moment of happiness that managed to break through the murk, if only for a moment. On October 3 of this year, President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday.
With the big day fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to explore 19th century architecture. Kick back, relax, grab a slice of pumpkin pie and enjoy this collection of old houses for sale — all built around the same time that we decided to make the fourth Thursday in November a day of family, food and gratitude.
This Federal-style home boasts water views and completely updated interiors. Large families will feel comfy cozy in this seven-bedroom enclave, complete with a three-story staircase and five working fireplaces. And that dining room — can you imagine sitting in front of that fireplace as you pass turkey and fixings around the table?!
Glen Cove, New York
This stunning Victorian is located in one of the prettiest little towns on Long Island's north shore. The home has been completely restored and boasts four bedrooms, tin ceilings and meticulously landscaped grounds.
West Grove, Pennsylvania
We have to admit: This place just says “Thanksgiving” to us. The three-story stone farmhouse sits on almost nine acres of property and comes with a bank barn, a spring house and other out buildings. The interior needs a complete overhaul — the perfect place for someone with vision and serious DIY skills.
Roselle Park, New Jersey
Pretty as a picture, this five-bedroom home features original architectural details, like box beamed ceilings and curved archways. The home comes with a carriage house and a rooftop deck, where one can enjoy sunny days and views of the landscaped property.
An antebellum home coined “The Elms” (later renamed “Wynnwood”), this dwelling features hexagonal wings that are said to have been inspired by similar designs drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features original fireplaces and ceiling frescos, among other details. As it’s zoned commercial/residential, the property could serve as a bed and breakfast.
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Better known as the Merrick-Simmons House, this Greek Revival-style home is located in the town’s historic district and boasts 12-foot ceilings and original pine wood floors throughout. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home features many upgrades, including a new roof, electrical and plumbing.
This historic cider mill is currently being utilized as a bed and breakfast, but could take on a variety of uses! The building, located in a historic village founded by a group of German Separatist, features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and a gourmet kitchen. Five bedrooms offer space for plenty of guests and we adore the sitting room with cozy fireplace.
We see such potential in this property! The Greek Revival-style limestone farmhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built over a period of years by Scottish immigrant Matthew Nisbet. Today, the Nisbet Homestead Farm is basically a shell, awaiting someone’s loving touch. What you get for your purchase: the home, 37 acres of land that encompasses farmland, prairieland, old-growth forest and a meandering stream and several outbuildings.