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George Washington Once Visited This $390K Saltbox Home

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Location: Holliston, Massachusetts
Price: $389,900
Local legend filtered through a Sotheby's listing has it that George Washington stopped at this saltbox home in 1789 to "quench his thirst rest his horses." Built nearly 60 years prior, it was then known as the Littlefield Tavern. Now it's a pleasant three-bedroom home with a $389,900 price tag.

Way before it appeared on Architectural Digest's website, in all its tastefully renovated glory, the post-and-beam dwelling also served as a headquarters for the 18th-century militiamen known as the Rang de Dangs (a "notoriously undisciplined company," according to the Holliston Historical Society) and later a venue for traveling Punch and Judy shows, which were put on in a second-floor dance hall. It last sold in 2004 for $153K, and his since been "meticulously updated," though it still has just one bathroom. The fireplaces, horsehair plaster moldings, and wood floors are original.

The 3,087-square-foot home comes on .62 acres in the town of Holliston, Massachusetts, about 30 miles from Boston and an hour's drive from Cape Cod. Also included on the plot are a pond, a workshop, and a low stone wall.


· 1919 Washington Street [Hallmark Sotheby's via Architectural Digest]