Meet Mulberry Cottage, the oldest house for sale on Cape Cod. This adorable abode was built in 1640, long before there was a United States or a Commonwealth of Massachusetts and just a year after the town of Barnstable was incorporated as part of Plymouth Colony. The original owner sold it to Samuel Hinckley, apparently an ancestor of President Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
The historic Barnstable Village home is located on what is now referred to as Main Street, Route 6A and the Old King's Highway, but it was most likely just known as "The Road" 375 years ago. We're not sure when the latter of the current trio of monikers was first used, but if early settlers were referencing King Charles I, the broke and wildly unpopular monarch across the pond, it probably would have been an ironic shout out in a Pilgrim-hipster sort of way. Regardless, thanks to an abundance of well-preserved architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, this lovely stretch of road is on the National Register of Historic Places and makes up the largest historic district in the country. As for the 3,699sf home, it has "a treasure full of nooks and crannies, beautiful wide pine floors and several fireplaces." In addition to the 6BR, 3.5BA Cape, the .46 acre property also features "a replica of a barn that was previously on the property." The broker-owned listing is yours for $825,000.
· Listing: 2864 Main Street, Barnstable Village [Kinlin Grover Real Estate]
· The Low Down on Cape & Islands Historic Districts [Curbed Cape Cod]