Should you be in the market for history and nostalgia, this just might be the house for you.
Solid as a Rock, America's Oldest Brick House Has Been Standing Since 1680
At over 300 years old, this house is considered by many historians as the oldest all-brick house in America.
It is located in Medford, MA.
Now, to put into perspective just how old 300 years really is, here are some details.
This home has been around for eight wars,
including the American Revolution, 17 world’s fairs, and 45 U.S.
The 2,640-square-foot home sits atop a small knoll behind a granite wall. According to the listing agent, Louise Ivers,
the historic home was recently taken off the market so that a new
driveway could be installed. The sellers still want to find a buyer, she
The home has four bedrooms and one bathroom, and most of
the rooms come with a fireplace. Nine-over-nine windows let in plenty of
sunlight; on days when the light is scarce, there are seven fireplaces
that provide illumination. The first floor features hand-hewn wooden
beams and a staircase.
“The house is so interesting because it is a classic example of a circa 1680 solid brick house.
The home is believed to have been built around 1680 by Peter Tufts
(yes, as in the university, which his descendant later donated the land
The solid brick exterior is a combination of
Flemish bond and English style, but the materials are local—the family
owned a brickyard in Medford.
After a close call with the demolition ball in the late 1880s, the property was saved when Gen. Samuel Lawrence
gave it, along with an interior remodel, as a wedding gift to his
It’s also been known as the “Fort” or “Garrison House” due to the
thick walls and porthole windows on the west side and front of the
house. The home was placed on the city seal of Medford in 1892.
The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
(now known as Historic New England) acquired the home near the turn of
the previous century and managed it for the next 50 years. It was
eventually purchased by the Medford Historical Society and Museum in 1980.
According to a 2016 report in Wicked Local Medford by John Anderson,
president of the Medford Historical Society and Museum, the house has
been rented out on a month-by-month basis since the caretakers moved out
in 2013. The MHSM has spent more than $45,000 to address safety and
livability issues, but has run out of funds to continue its stewardship
of the property.
Living with so much history is not without its
conditions. The deed includes a permanent preservation restriction
administered by Historic New England, which states that the property
cannot be subdivided or demolished and protects the whole exterior and
much of the interior. The group performs annual inspections for
compliance and must approve any work done on the house.
to Ivers, the home, which is on the National Register of Historic
Places, is ideal for someone who appreciates history and old homes.
Potential buyers with a deep love for the history of New England will
feel right at home here.
Keep out eye for it's new listing as soon as the driveway is completed.
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