Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate. This week we bring you: Stepping into History.
Some home buyers prefer a freshly built and never lived in house that glistens and shines with new-fangled newness. Others are drawn to aged and historic houses where divots in wood plank floors whisper stories about former inhabitants and well worn banisters provide a tactile link to the past.
Ale for All
Set on 11 acres of rolling woodland in the quiet northeast corner of Connecticut, the Thomas Goodell Homestead and James Ingalls Tavern is a fully restored museum quality saltbox style residence with the earliest section dating back to 1704. Further additions were made to the original structure in 1712 and 1749, when it was being used as a tavern and meeting spot where local residents planned the historic town of Abington, Conn.
The current owners carefully and respectfully inserted modern amenities such as central heat and air and 200 amp electrical service into the 300 year old house while retaining the patina and dignity of the original structure. The three-bedroom dwelling measures more than 2,800 square feet of rustic simplicity and historic charm that includes a formal parlor, an updated eat-in kitchen and three bathrooms. There are two staircases and three large fireplaces including one in the great hall that stretches more than 10 feet wide. The interior fittings include restored paneling, built-in cupboards, all original or period doors and hardware, and wavy glass panes in all the windows.
Though the property was originally a residence built by Thomas Goodell, an early settler, by 1749 it had become a tavern owned by James Ingalls. The building was used by locals to plan the nearby town of Abington, and before the local church was built, it was used as a place of worship.