It’s the 4th of July, a time for cookouts, road trips, and bargains. But it’s also a moment to contemplate the history of the holiday, and at Curbed, we’re doing that with a home that was built before the historic Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776—four years before, in fact.
Located in Marblehead, Massachusetts, about an hour northeast of Boston, this four-bedroom, two-bath home was constructed in 1772 as a home and bakery for John Bradish. The pre-Revolutionary house was built in the colonial style, and boasts a ton of original features.
The large fireplace in the old kitchen has an original beehive oven with colonial pot hangers and cooking equipment hanging for authenticity. Wood-paneled walls, exposed brick, and hand-hewn ceiling beams are found throughout, and the bedrooms feature wide pine wall paneling, fireplaces, and overmantel panels.
The living room is a historical marvel, with a granite foundation that heads three feet up the wall and brick that makes up the rest. The home’s first floor was originally paved with brick and used as a sales room for the bakery. Shuttered windows add charm, and the home is a cozy and quaint monument to 18th-century history.
Want to own a home that’s older than our country? 9 Merritt Street is on the market now for $825,000.