Am I asleep? I must be dreaming. Because I just saw a New England colonial saltbox-style house…in OHIO!
Yes, I’m a fiend. It’s true. I admit it. My name is Lisa and I’m addicted to old houses. It’s a lifelong obsession and it will not change.
There are certain styles that draw me more than others – Folk Victorian farmhouses, stone houses of all eras, castles, mid-1800s homey Italianate, Second Empire, frontier log cabins, and saltbox Colonials. Sure, a cozy Queen Anne or Federal could turn my head too. Basically, if it’s newer than 1930s or 40s, too modernized, or too pretentious (like the turn of the last century 5k+ sq. ft dealios that shout “We’ve more dollars than sense”), I’m typically not feeling it.
This gorgeous pre-Revolution home had no problem getting my attention. Apparently, a fellow Old Housie decided to move one to their spot in Ohio. I had the same idea (if only my budget allowed for it…c’mon lottery win, any time now…).
I am all about a good Time Capsule house and this one, while not a true time capsule, is a decent example. Sure, I’d wanna backdate some rooms (and get rid of every tile countertop I ran across – yech!) but, all in all, it’s not overly modernized. It comes off well-lived in and well-loved. And the land itself is beautiful. You know I love me some Ohio hills!
I wanna say this property screams comfort and old-time earthy charm, but it doesn’t. It whispers it in your ear, gently, and makes you feel cozy. It says “let’s set out some pumpkins for Samhain and enjoy the view”. As my best friend would say – ‘le sigh’.
2 thoughts on “An Ohio Saltbox Dream”
I grew up in a house, where the earliest part was built in the late 1680s. It was that house where I developed my obsession with old houses, so I can immensely relate to this post. 🙂
I’m jealous! In Ohio, you’re hard-pressed to find anything older than the late 1700s, and that’s getting rarer every year. People just don’t appreciate the history of these homes anymore. If I could find a nice 1850-1880 farmhouse on private acreage, I’d call it heaven. My childhood home was a large 2-story shotgun-style built in the ’20s. I’d have had a lot of fun playing in a Colonial-era hearth bigger than me. 🙂