Thursday, October 15, 2020

Perfect 1727 Colonial

Yes, please.
Such perfection has taken years and years to achieve. Someone had a vision when the shrubbery was planted and knew just how to take care of it. Circa 1727, Essex Connecticut. Just lovely! via

12 comments:

Pam said...

Yes, someone had a great plan, many years ago. It has stood the test of time and is still incredibly pleasing to the eye!

lisa said...

I'm always happily amazed that house this old are still standing. Obviously enough homeowners cared enough to maintain this house. As a lover of old houses, I am eternally grateful to them, as I love old houses. I know this is going to sound silly, but I feel about them the way one might feel about an ancestor. It's as if they have a spirit of their own.

JEANNE ILLENYE said...

Gorgeous! Interesting to have such formal yews with a colonial house in CT where I'm accustomed to seeing softer grounds. The strong center axis does diffuse the fact that the chimney is oddly off center and there's only one light fixture at the entrance. Love the lantern. Wish we could see the gate as I'm partial to mixing stone & wood fence materials. Surprising to have a Purple Martin house placed there rather than in an informal garden. It would be interesting to learn more about the history of this beautiful house.

He Who Loves an Old House said...

How fun to come across your post - this is my photo! I took this in Essex back in the summer, and posted in my Instagram and tumblr accounts. It was such a beautiful evening.

Best,

Tim

Content in a Cottage said...

Tim -- How nice to "see" you again. I changed the link to go to your Tumblr. Such a beautiful photo you took of this old house. I love it.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam -- That plan has indeed stood the test of time!
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

lisa -- I love old houses too. If their walls could only talk.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

JEANNE ILLENYE -- Ask Tim to go back and take a photo of the gate! I would love to see it too. The history of this house would be interesting to learn as well. It has been a treasure for nearly 300 years.
xo, Rosemary

JEANNE ILLENYE said...

I've learned that this beautiful home is known as "The Birdhouse" as there are numerous gorgeous photos of it in various seasons over the years online. Here's one of the gate: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.pinimg.com%2Foriginals%2F1e%2F11%2Fed%2F1e11ed9157ce47c03de6e600b3951516.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F254171972699280855%2F&tbnid=ct-xVsy2RDdKCM&vet=12ahUKEwj8n6rW4r_sAhUJ0awKHSBICkoQMygOegUIARDKAQ..i&docid=QM_M6A_rp-slJM&w=800&h=800&itg=1&q=colonial%20houseEssex%2C%20Connecticut&client=firefox-b-1-d&ved=2ahUKEwj8n6rW4r_sAhUJ0awKHSBICkoQMygOegUIARDKAQ

JEANNE ILLENYE said...

I searched a little further and found it was on Main St. so did an arial view of the area figuring I'd see that unique hedge & birdhouse. Sure enough, I did and found it was on the corner of Novelty Lane and Main St. Then I got the latitude and longitude points which led me to the address of 42 Main St., Essex, CT. Then I found the last MLS but only one photo. However, the arial shows a larger ell on the house out back as well as a pool. Here are the links. https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ct/essex/42-main-st/pid_2763068/ and https://www.google.com/maps/search/historic+houses+on+main+st+essex+ct/@41.3507195,-72.3863201,77m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

JEANNE ILLENYE said...

...and you will absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the googlemaps street view where of course you can virtually drive around the charming streets in this truly idyllic area with views of the nearby river from the front, side and back of the house and every building is a historic gem, leaving one to dream of the bygone era when the house was built in 1727. ENJOY your tour: https://www.xome.com/realestate/9-novelty-ln-essex-ct-06426-133335050

The Queen Vee said...

You started something special with this post Rosemary, thanks to Tim and Jeanne Illenye we now have the complete story and picture.

I love green, green trees, green boxwood....throw in an old well kept American colonial house and you end up with perfection.