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Under $100 K Sunday ~ c.1903 Classical Revival Mansion For Sale w/Carriage House in Orange MA Under $99K-Sold
June 14, 2020
75 E Main St, Orange, MA 01364 $98,300Sold for $150,000
Save this old mansion for sale. Originally built for John Wilson Wheeler (1832-1910), who made his fortune as President of the successful New Home Sewing Machine Company, this magnificent mansion has a long history. Wheeler lived here with his wife Elmira (1835-1920).
Wheeler’s is a rags to riches story. Born in Orange in 1832, he only had a common-school education. He started work as a clerk in a general store at age 24, but seven years later was the owner of that store. He purchased the store from Andrew J. Clark, who sold the general store to make hand sewing machines.Wheeler continued the general store for four years, then in 1867 joined Clark in the sewing machine business, eventually naming it the New Home Company.
From ISMACS International: During all of the changes and the slow growth from a little factory, Mr. Wheeler filled the position of President to which he was first elected, and worked in harmony with his able associates, conducting the financial affairs with a success that placed the Company on a sound and independent footing, developing the plant and its business to a commanding position in the industry. He remained President of the Company from 1882 until his death with the exception of 1903 at which time Mr. Grout was President. He had been active in agricultural societies and was a member of several Masonic bodies. He filled from time to time several town offices, and at one time represented his district in the Massachusetts Legislature, and was a member of Governor Guild’s Council, retiring in January, 1907.
Wheeler died in 1910, and five years after his wife Elmira’s death in 1920 the property became the Eastern Star Home, a rest home for ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star affiliated with Freemasonry.
Around 1990 the Eastern Star Home was closed, and a private owner purchased it in 1996. He restored a large portion of the home, as you can see from the photos at the bottom of the post. The photos are from the 2015 listing when the mansion was on the market for $742,500. It is a real shame the deterioration that has taken place in just five short years.
This spacious mansion for sale, has plenty of living space on the main floor. Also on the main floor is an office, formal dining room, and Kitchen. The upper levels include a library, master bedroom, bathrooms and additional bedroom. There is a laundry room in the basement wit h a laundry chute. This unique property has many architectural details made with quality materials and with some love and care this can once again be a beautiful estate. Bring your ideas.
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LISTING FROM 2015 BELOW
Downton Abbey in Central Massachusetts! Constructed in 1903 as the private residence of renowned industrialist John W. Wheeler from the best materials by the finest craftsmen of the era. Step back in time as the Industrial Revolution took hold in America and successful entrepreneurs enjoyed enormous prosperity and entertained lavishly. From the brick and sandstone façade, the formal living room with elegant plasterwork, the carved Mahogany dining room encircled with a continuous frieze depicting a hunting scene, to the library paneled in Red Birch and the den in quartered Sycamore, this extraordinary property offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history. Many of the major spaces have been lovingly restored by the current owners and includes a state of the art Buderus heating system. As a private residence, bed and breakfast, restaurant, wedding and event venue, corporate retreat, or other creative use, this masterpiece would have few equals.