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15 of the Country's Coolest Historic Homes, All Under $1M

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America has plenty of grand historic homes—the elaborate mansions always seem more likely to escape the wrecking ball—but for historic preservation junkies on a budget, there are some shining examples of historic American architecture available for (well under) $1M. Take, for example, the Cox Mill (above), where famed frontiersman Davy Crockett met his wife. The mill, built in the 1790s by a Revolutionary War vet, ground corn for more than a century before the New Deal-era Tennessee Valley Authority built a dam nearby that rendered the plant useless. Today it has been converted to residential use, and is listed for $325K. See this affordable piece of history and 14 more, mapped, below.
—research by Alexandra Danna


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1. Collina Plantation

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100 Greenwood Street
Port Gibson, MS 39150

Set on 8.5 acres of former plantation land, this National Register-listed Greek Revival farmhouse boasts 14-foot ceilings, original moldings and fireplaces, and a columned portico. The pristine house dates to 1835 and is listed for $549K.

2. Camden Cape

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266 Mountain Street
Camden, ME 04843

Set in the picturesque seaside town of Camden, Me., this quintessential Cape-style house, dating to 1825, has been recently upgraded with 35 new windows, a new roof, brick driveway, and two kitchens. The $439K listing includes 1.27 verdant acres.

3. Lewis-Stare House

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711 West James Street
Columbus, WI 53925

Built by James T. Lewis, the 9th governor of Wisconsin, in 1854, this Italianate mansion retains plenty of original features, including a spiral front staircase, maple floors, and a tin ceiling, but needs some gussying up in places. It is currently listed for $399K.

4. Slate Hill Colonial

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633 Ridgebury Road
Wawayanda, NY 10973

Built by Palatines in 1709, when this section of the Hudson Valley was still wilderness, this Colonial classic has been lovingly restored. The $590K price tag includes original oak floorboards, hand-painted Colonial floor cloth, a dutch door, and tin stove.

5. Salt Box

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390 Broad Street
Windsor, CT 06095

It may look near ancient from the outside—and at 338 years old, it probably should—but this salt box has been refurbished top-to-bottom in recent years. A modern chef's kitchen now joins all the historic detail in this $330K listing.

6. Tobey House

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44 Water Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Adjoining the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, Mass., the 1685 Tobey House is a 3,200-square-foot "treasure" on 1.6 pondfront acres. The quirky interiors might be responsible for the slow sale, which has seen the price chopped down from $495K to the current $399K.

7. Samuel Davis House

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195 Harvard Road
Littleton, MA 01460

Sporting black clapboard siding and red doors, the Samuel Davis House dates to 1685, but has seen "thoughtfully designed additions that meet today's living needs." Still, this house too has had trouble selling, with the price plunging from $1.36M to $575K.

8. The Mullica House

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20 North Main Street
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

The Mullica House is the oldest home in historic Mullica, N.J., and, unsurprisingly, was built in 1704 by Swedish settlers named Eric and Anne Mullica. The three-bed, one-bath home is a deal, at just $159K.

9. Long Meadows

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13817 Marsh Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Referred to in the brokerbabble as "one of the finest colonial manor homes in Maryland," Long Meadows was built in several stages, with construction beginning in 1730 and continuing intermittently into the 1840s. Today the house is listed for just under $900K.

10. General Jackson House

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411 Terrace Avenue
Apollo, PA 15613

For a sprawling home with plenty of local lore within its walls, the General Jackson House is being offered for a modest price: $249K. A distinguished Civil War officer, General Jackson built this five-bedroom home in 1884, and later became a fixture of the oil and steel businesses of western Pennsylvania.

11. Gengler House

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1426 Market Street
Galveston, TX 77550

Built in 1885 by prominent architect Nicholas Clayton for a local grocer, this Victorian classic recently underwent a three-year renovation. The restoration brought new life to the original woodwork and bronze accents, and prepped the house for its $642K listing.

12. The Hill Mansion

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501 South East Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Built in the lead up to the Civil War, this Italianate manor served as a Confederate field hospital and is said to have been visited by General Robert E. Lee. A fixture on the Culpepper historic walking tour, the Hill Mansion is currently listed for $895K.

13. Kenworthy Hall

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279 Highway 14
Marion, AL 36756

The rare antebellum Alabama home designed by a New York architect, Kenworthy Hall was completed in 1860 for plantation transplant Edward Kenworthy Carlisle. Today sited on 19 acres, with its original brick tower intact, the Hall is asking $849K.

14. Oakland Plantation House

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2930 Storm Branch Road
Beech Island, SC 29842

The very picture of a Southern farmstead, the Oakland plantation house now occupies only a fraction of the acreage it commanded upon its 1826 completion. The densely treed property stands in stark contrast to its farming neighbors, but retains the feel of an old S.C. plantation. The Oakland is current listed for $498K.

15. Cox Mill

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1240 Fielden Store Road
New Market, TN 37820

Built as a corn mill in the 1790s by a Revolutionary War veteran, Cox Mill was recently converted into a private residence, albeit one that retained even the disused paddle wheel on the side of the building. Listed on the National Register in 1983, Cox Mill is currently asking $325K.

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1. Collina Plantation

100 Greenwood Street, Port Gibson, MS 39150

Set on 8.5 acres of former plantation land, this National Register-listed Greek Revival farmhouse boasts 14-foot ceilings, original moldings and fireplaces, and a columned portico. The pristine house dates to 1835 and is listed for $549K.

100 Greenwood Street
Port Gibson, MS 39150

2. Camden Cape

266 Mountain Street, Camden, ME 04843

Set in the picturesque seaside town of Camden, Me., this quintessential Cape-style house, dating to 1825, has been recently upgraded with 35 new windows, a new roof, brick driveway, and two kitchens. The $439K listing includes 1.27 verdant acres.

266 Mountain Street
Camden, ME 04843

3. Lewis-Stare House

711 West James Street, Columbus, WI 53925

Built by James T. Lewis, the 9th governor of Wisconsin, in 1854, this Italianate mansion retains plenty of original features, including a spiral front staircase, maple floors, and a tin ceiling, but needs some gussying up in places. It is currently listed for $399K.

711 West James Street
Columbus, WI 53925

4. Slate Hill Colonial

633 Ridgebury Road, Wawayanda, NY 10973

Built by Palatines in 1709, when this section of the Hudson Valley was still wilderness, this Colonial classic has been lovingly restored. The $590K price tag includes original oak floorboards, hand-painted Colonial floor cloth, a dutch door, and tin stove.

633 Ridgebury Road
Wawayanda, NY 10973

5. Salt Box

390 Broad Street, Windsor, CT 06095

It may look near ancient from the outside—and at 338 years old, it probably should—but this salt box has been refurbished top-to-bottom in recent years. A modern chef's kitchen now joins all the historic detail in this $330K listing.

390 Broad Street
Windsor, CT 06095

6. Tobey House

44 Water Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Adjoining the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, Mass., the 1685 Tobey House is a 3,200-square-foot "treasure" on 1.6 pondfront acres. The quirky interiors might be responsible for the slow sale, which has seen the price chopped down from $495K to the current $399K.

44 Water Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

7. Samuel Davis House

195 Harvard Road, Littleton, MA 01460

Sporting black clapboard siding and red doors, the Samuel Davis House dates to 1685, but has seen "thoughtfully designed additions that meet today's living needs." Still, this house too has had trouble selling, with the price plunging from $1.36M to $575K.

195 Harvard Road
Littleton, MA 01460

8. The Mullica House

20 North Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

The Mullica House is the oldest home in historic Mullica, N.J., and, unsurprisingly, was built in 1704 by Swedish settlers named Eric and Anne Mullica. The three-bed, one-bath home is a deal, at just $159K.

20 North Main Street
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

9. Long Meadows

13817 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21742

Referred to in the brokerbabble as "one of the finest colonial manor homes in Maryland," Long Meadows was built in several stages, with construction beginning in 1730 and continuing intermittently into the 1840s. Today the house is listed for just under $900K.

13817 Marsh Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21742

10. General Jackson House

411 Terrace Avenue, Apollo, PA 15613

For a sprawling home with plenty of local lore within its walls, the General Jackson House is being offered for a modest price: $249K. A distinguished Civil War officer, General Jackson built this five-bedroom home in 1884, and later became a fixture of the oil and steel businesses of western Pennsylvania.

411 Terrace Avenue
Apollo, PA 15613

11. Gengler House

1426 Market Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Built in 1885 by prominent architect Nicholas Clayton for a local grocer, this Victorian classic recently underwent a three-year renovation. The restoration brought new life to the original woodwork and bronze accents, and prepped the house for its $642K listing.

1426 Market Street
Galveston, TX 77550

12. The Hill Mansion

501 South East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701

Built in the lead up to the Civil War, this Italianate manor served as a Confederate field hospital and is said to have been visited by General Robert E. Lee. A fixture on the Culpepper historic walking tour, the Hill Mansion is currently listed for $895K.

501 South East Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

13. Kenworthy Hall

279 Highway 14, Marion, AL 36756

The rare antebellum Alabama home designed by a New York architect, Kenworthy Hall was completed in 1860 for plantation transplant Edward Kenworthy Carlisle. Today sited on 19 acres, with its original brick tower intact, the Hall is asking $849K.

279 Highway 14
Marion, AL 36756

14. Oakland Plantation House

2930 Storm Branch Road, Beech Island, SC 29842

The very picture of a Southern farmstead, the Oakland plantation house now occupies only a fraction of the acreage it commanded upon its 1826 completion. The densely treed property stands in stark contrast to its farming neighbors, but retains the feel of an old S.C. plantation. The Oakland is current listed for $498K.

2930 Storm Branch Road
Beech Island, SC 29842

15. Cox Mill

1240 Fielden Store Road, New Market, TN 37820

Built as a corn mill in the 1790s by a Revolutionary War veteran, Cox Mill was recently converted into a private residence, albeit one that retained even the disused paddle wheel on the side of the building. Listed on the National Register in 1983, Cox Mill is currently asking $325K.

1240 Fielden Store Road
New Market, TN 37820