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Country house on 59 acres blends old and new for $683K

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The home uses a post-and-beam frame from 1783

Photos by Dennis Carbo

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Location: East Haddam, Connecticut

Price: $683,000

There are plenty of old homes in the Northeast, ranging from small homesteads to grand Victorian mansions. But sometimes the most interesting homes blend the old and new, like this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath in Connecticut.

Constructed in 2007, the home’s seller is a carpenter and woodworker by trade. When he discovered that a historic 1783 residence was slated to be torn down and replaced with a mall in northern Connecticut, the seller purchased and transported the gunstock post-and-beam frame to East Haddam for use in a brand-new country house.

The original 1783 wood frame is exposed throughout the main level, and wide-board pine floors use 30-year-old reclaimed wood for added authenticity. Bedrooms have dust board ceilings and the seller acquired antique doors and fixtures that date back 150-200 years from salvage yards. A 1920s clawfoot tub with matching peg leg sinks dates to the early 1920s, and anti-crackle subway tiles are brand new but finished to fit in with the 18th-century style.

The home’s unique pedigree aside, the property boasts 59 acres scattered with streams, woodland walking trails, and a 50x50 fenced in garden with potting shed.

If 18th-century style and modern amenities sound like the perfect blend for you, 79 Sheepskin Hollow Road South is on the market now $683,000.