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We have three authentic Colonial frame houses ... a family house from 1688 ... and a 1755 and 1777 large inn for sale.


These remarkable structures are available representing key historic periods of pre-revolution Colonial America.  They are wood frame houses that have been documented, disassembled, and are ready to be shipped USA.  The 1688 frame house is 333 years old and one of the oldest disassembled houses in the Americas.


These houses were disassembled by craftsmen for the construction of a historic development by the University of Connecticut.  

The 1688 has been spoken for, and is in the process of design & reserection.   


Crippen Hurd House ... built in 1688 in Moody's Ct ... 1,200 square feet ... originally built into a hillside.

Henshaw House ... 1755 from Middletown Ct ... 1400 square feet. 

Boardman Danforth House ... 1777 from Middletown Ct ... 3325 square feet and 3 stories with gambrel roof.












The University of Connecticut paid to disassemble theses houses as excellent examples of their periods. They planned an outdoor museum which, starting with 1688 had a house for each 20 year interval. 1680-1700, 1700-20, etc, up to 1840. Then each house was to be authentically furnished for each 20-year interval.  The 1688 house is the oldest disassembled house in the Americas. The University did studies establishing each houses date. 


Enough material to produce each house entirely? ... probably for the 1688 house and the 1777 house as discussed below. 


The 1688 house was reasonably complete. But it has been in storage since the 1990s so we can’t be sure all the parts are still valid. The storage trailer has a good waterproof roof so all is still ok but an expert needs to view the material to be sure. 


The 1777 house and the 1755 house are both gambrel.  The two houses are 4,725 sqft with three stories.  They were adjoining houses on their original site, so the smaller was moved to be an addition for the other.  There are 7 rafters missing from the 1755 house because a large dormer was installed later.  They were disassembled in the 1990s, packed together in 55' trailers, and are ready to ship.   


They are in Connecticut.   The 1688 house can go on its own.  The house buyer gets the trailers.  The may need minor repairs to be roadworthy. 


More visual material?  Many photos during dismantling and complete schematic notes for the 1755 and 1777 houses.  Each element has a metal tag stamped with a reference number tying it to schematics for reconstruction.  An inventory for each house is included.  In all, about 8,000 board feet of wide board flooring, subflooring, siding, and over 400 posts, beams, and other structural elements. 


The wood beams are rare high quality First Growth American Chestnut.  Chestnut forests were decimated by a Chinese fungus and gone by 1935.  Today, the industry wholesale price of Chestnut is $ 16 - 22 bdft.


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The 1688 house will need to add two posts on the first floor so it need not be fitted into a hillside.  We have the shell, interior doors, staircases, vertical board walls, stone fireplace, and 1 window.  Typically rebuilds use new windows to better insulate. So the windows can be placed wherever the architect wants. 


The 1755 and 1777 house together should be purchased together. We have enough windows for the 1777 house. The 1777 house has the complete shell, and much of the original interior: staircases, panel walls, flooring, fireplace stone, doors, etc. There wasn’t much interior of the 1755 house found. The plan is to use the 1777 house as the main house and the shell of the 1755 house as an addition, or a multifamily. 




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