20 Main St., Gilsum, NH 03448
Who can resist a New England connected farm complex under $50,000? This 1880 beauty is located in the sweetest New Hampshire hamlet. You have to Google Map it for yourself, because words alone can’t convey this picture perfect location. The home sits next to Gilsum Village Store and is across the way from the post office and a beautiful old white church with steeple. In fact, the whole village appears straight out of a movie set of wonderful old homes and a few quaint shops. Hardwood floors, bay windows, double front door, a country kitchen with grandma’s wallpaper, original interior doors, trim and lighting fixtures, and a large connected barn with a gorgeous cupola are a few of the features that this six-bedroom, 2.5-bath home boasts.
A bit of history from Wikipedia about the New England connected farm complex.
“New England connected farm
The typical New England connected farm complex consists of the “big house”, which acts as the standard family living quarters. Connected to the “big house” is the “little house”, which contains the kitchen area. Next to it is the “back house”, which was traditionally a carriage or wagon house. Connected to the back house is a standard livestock barn. This style was banned in many areas due to fire concerns, but the bans were lifted in the 18th century. Originally, all four buildings would have parallel roof lines. In later years (post-1800), when kitchens became more of a room of the house, the Little House became an ell off the Big House.
Connected barns describe the site plan of one or more barns integrated into other structures on a farm in the New England region of the United States. The New England connected farmstead, as many architectural historians have termed the style, consisted of numerous farm buildings all connected into one continuous structure. Houses, ells, sheds, barns, and other outbuildings all were combined to form one long building. Architectural styles varied, from Greek to Gothic Revival. The connected farmstead is unique in not only its connection of house to barn to shed, and so forth, but also because the architectural style of the home was often used on the other structures, including barns, connected to it. The time period when connected farms were popular coincided with the period of the New England barn, so most connected barns are of this type. Occasionally the older style English barn was moved or also connected to a house.
Noted historian and architect Thomas Hubka commented in his 1984 book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn:
Those who built connected farms changed their farms by extending the architectural style and order of the house to their barns. This was a truly radical development by New England farmers, and it is this characteristic, more than that of house and barn connection itself, that is one of the unique aspects of New England connected farm architecture.”
These types of structures were common throughout New England during the 19th century, but were found in most frequently in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.
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