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Save This Old House – c.1850 Second Empire Home For Sale in Cheshire, MA Under $40K ~ Off Market

66 Depot St, Cheshire, MA, 01225                        $39,900 Off Market  

Save This Old House- c.1850 Second Empire Home For Sale in Cheshire, MA


Second Empire architecture may be one of my favorite styles, but I am afraid this home has suffered too much neglect and decay to appreciate the style.  The hoop and spear iron fence is still in good condition, though. My daughter just re-landscaped her back yard at her Southern California home and asked my husband to sell her hoop and spear fencing. On the east coast we could have sold it in a minute for a good price, but we practically had to give it away in OC. The lot of fencing only sold for $80. But back to this house, which I will call the Chase House, as they lived here for at least 45 years.

Family History

According to the 1876 plat map, the Brown family owned the home, as well as a similar Second Empire around the corner which is in much better condition.




Per the 1904 plat map, Edgar W. Chase (1850-1925) owned 66 Depot Street. He worked at Bowen Grist Mill as a miller and lived in the home with his wife Sarah Reynolds Chase (1850-1942), adult daughters Faith (a teacher) and Edith (a nurse), mother-in-law Caroline Reynolds and sister-in-law Nancy Reynolds. By 1920 the in-laws had moved out. The 1940 US Census, however, has son Robert Chase in the home along with his adult daughter Janet Chase.  Sarah Reynolds Chase died in the house. I can only imagine her turning over in her grave to see her long-time, beloved home in this state.


Become your inner Chip and Joanna Gaines with this Victorian renovation. This Cheshire lot has just over a half acre. There is no heating system and the copper has been removed. A complete restoration is needed or Knock this down and enjoy a downtown Cheshire lot just over a half acre. Come take a look to see if its the right fit for you!!



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