Monday, November 23, 2015

Lovely Early American Entrance Hall

I love this 18th century NJ farmhouse with the red dutch door. Aren't the wide board floors amazing? MLS#3214421 Let me know if you want to see it; I'd love to show it to you. My firm has the listing.

7 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Oh, I've got to know! To where does that trap door at the bottom of the stairway lead??

Content in a Cottage said...

Mama Pea -- I'll try to find out where the trap door goes.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
xo, Rosemary

Mama Pea said...

I didn't mean to put you to any trouble regarding the trap door . . . but I am curious! Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving, too!

penelopebianchi said...

the trap door leads to a safe place during some war!

I just made that up! What a divine house.....and the trap door and the dutch door.....make me swoon! Those planks......oh, my Lordy!!!!

Content in a Cottage said...

Mama Pea and Penelope -- I asked the listing realtor about that patched floor at the bottom of the stairs and he said it might have been a heat register to blast some warm air upstairs from the old days when there was a coal-fired boiler in the basement.
What do you think? Sounds good to me. I'm glad they saved the original boards when the heat register was removed for central heat. I love that house!!!
Happy Thanksgiving.
xo, Rosemary

Mama Pea said...

Well, sure, that makes a lot of sense. I didn't think that would be a logical place for a trap door leading to a root cellar or some such. I suppose we've almost forgotten about the large, sometimes ornate, metal registers made for circulating heat from the basement up into the rest of the house. My one aunt's house had a heat register in each bedroom upstairs and when I slept over with my cousins, we loved to get out of bed at night, lie on the floor by the register and listen to the adults' conversation downstairs in the living room!

Content in a Cottage said...

Mama Pea....I once lived in a house with a big heat register and my mother used to warm our school clothes on cold winter days. My brother and I were always warm and toasty before we left the house. I thought that was a good explanation too for the patch at the bottom of the stairs.
xo, Rosemary