Circa 1888 Illinois Victorian in Need of Restoration ~ $7,900

Illinois Victorian

102 Second St., Neponset, IL


Source: Historic Properties

Illinois Victorian

In 1855 William and Elizabeth Kneeshaw Stabler emigrated from England to rural Neponset, farming west of town before building this Victorian home in the village in 1888. They lived in what is known as the William Stabler House until Mr. Stabler’s death in 1920 at age 89. There have been several owners since then, and the house has seen better days, but with a $7,900 price tag, there might be plenty of money in the budget for renovations. The home has been for sale for at least a year.

Natural woodwork, tall ceilings, a bay window, gorgeous hardware, a front door with etched glass, pine floors and an original kitchen cupboard are some of this home’s special features. Like my own old house, sometime during the last 60 years, the residence was converted into a two-family home, but can be easily turned back into a single-family abode.

Neponset is a country town, and the house is located across from the village park and a school. It’s located in Bureau County. My husband’s Irish ancestors settled in Brooklyn, NY, then bought a farm in Bureau County in the 1880s. Sadly, David’s third great-grandfather was killed at age 34 when the hay wagon, in which he had hitched a ride to town, toppled over on the railroad tracks. The family then moved back to Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, the once beautiful porches of the William Stabler House succumbed to a fallen tree years back. Also, the house has been vacant for seven years and needs a new roof, updated wiring, plumbing and mechanicals, and of course, a new kitchen and bathroom. What do you want for $7,900? Take a look at the vintage photo of the home when it was at the peak of its glory. You could make it that way again.

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