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The Code Breaker’s Cottage

A lady named Ann Caracristi lived at this pre-Revolutionary War era cottage on 1222 28th St, Washington, D.C. for 65 years up until she passed away in January 2016 at the age of 94.   But she was not just any old woman. No, Ann Caracristi was actually a master code-breaker...

Christmas in a Colonial Farmhouse

How about a steaming cup of tea and homemade cookies beside a blazing fire in a hearth as old as America itself? Owner Leslie Powell fell in love with the history of this 1777 former toll house in Litchfield Connecticut. The rich red-brown kitchen cupboards didn't hurt either. She and her...

Waverly Cottage

With all the scary stuff going on in the world, how about a little mindless house-candy? This sparkling jewel in Medford, Oregon is astonishing. I say that because my eyeballs about popped out of their sockets when I saw the photos. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places...

Oldest Inhabited House In New York – With Cemetery!

"Want to come see my cemetery?" That was all the invitation Marion Duckworth Smith needed to accompany her date to his historic home in East Elmsworth, Queens, New York, near LaGuardia airport in the fall of 1979. The fact that the house dates back to times before airplanes, heck before...

Twin Colonial Houses

Okay, so they are not identical twins. More like fraternal twins. But now you can buy these two historic sweethearts for the price of one - how about $140,000 for both! These side-by-side separately deeded homes were built in the late 1700's and the have been remarkably preserved. Each is...

Put the lotion in the bucket – Silence of the Lambs house for sale!

This one just kinda markets itself. To horror movie fans, anyway. How could you not love the creepy transgendered skin-suit wearing serial killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 thriller Silence of The Lambs? He imprinted a generation of us with nightmares about our cellulite and terrifying images of how it might...

A Peek Inside the Gatehouse of the New York Macy Estate

A reader emailed me to say that she just listed her 1896 home which is actually the gatehouse of the Macy family estate in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The main Macy house is called The Chilmark Estate. It was also built in 1896 for V. Everit Macy - an American...

The Folly-Bush House

This place is amazing. It dates back to George Washington's time (1770's) and it showcases some great primitive style decor. Plus it is a dang cute house for its age. Usually, these old Revolutionary War era homes are dark and heavy with age like this one, and this one. But the Folly-Bush...

Levittown home for sale in near original condition

You have heard of Levittown right? Levittown, New York, is now notorious in American 20th century history as the first suburban mass-produced housing development. It cropped up after WW2 when service members were returning from overseas en masse and needed affordable housing. An enterprising developer - Levitt & Sons - capitalized on that great...

Richard Nixon’s Birthplace House

Did you know that Richard Nixon's birthplace - now the site of his presidential library and museum - was a 1912 kit home? True story. Nixon's father built the kit home from a nearby lumber yard on the family ranch in Yorba Linda, California in 1912-13. The house is now...