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c.1837 Fixer Upper Stone House in Clinton Iowa $35K ~ Oldest House in Town ~ SOLD
September 13, 2019
325 S Bluff Blvd, Clinton, IA 52732 $35,000Sold for $18,000
This c.1837 stone house is officially listed as the oldest house still standing in Clinton, Iowa. Known as the Harold Whitmer House, the fixer upper was built by John New out of with 8″ x 10″ hand hewn beams and two-foot thick native limestone walls . It originally had two above ground level rooms with more rooms were added over time.
The pre-Civil War home also served as an underground railroad station for escaped slaves traveling north. Its secret spot was a cistern in the sub-basement. In the main basement sits Clinton’s first telephone jack.
Over the years, the fixer upper has been owned by a Mrs. Aiken who operated a ferry service in town, a woodworking firm, and a trucking company.
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HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF CLINTON IOWA’S HISTORY! This is Clinton’s first home built by John New in 1837. The walls which are made of Native limestone are two feet thick. If these walls could talk we would hear several stories from this home as a pre-Civil War Underground railroad station where runaway slaves were given a safe haven in the sub-basement to one of the very first occupants who operated a ferry in Clinton.
This historic fixer upper is located on a large corner lot and features a walk out basement. There have been some improvements over the years and this home is waiting for a new owner to bring it up to the Grandeur of days gone by. Located in the main basement was the city’s first telephone jack. (Historical information obtained from Clinton Herald, Tuesday, September 24, 1991 Once Upon a Time.