Pre-Revolution Concord Home on Market for First Time in 69 Years

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A Concord, Massachusetts, home that was built before the Revolutionary War is on the market for the first time since 1949 — making it a perfect choice for this week’s historical shelter.

Situated right on Main Street in the city center, the Samuel Jones house was built in 1767 and has five bedrooms and one bathroom. Listing agent Amy Barrett of Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty says it’s seen more than little history  — up to and including the birth of the country. 

“Residents include famed poet and journalist William Ellery Channing, friend and first biographer to Henry David Thoreau, as well as Franklin Sanborn, an educator and ardent abolitionist who offered safe passage to fugitive slaves among the Underground Railroad,” Barrett said.

The home hasn’t been on the market since 1949, and has currently sat unpurchased for 172 days. It’s listed for almost $1.3 million, and does need some updating and polish.

But it also isn’t difficult to see what this beautiful home could be, with some loving updates and a little TLC. An updated kitchen, for instance, would give a new owner an opportunity to meld the creature comforts of the current century with the historical charm of this home.

“Current owners have painstakingly restored the house to reflect its original roots,” Barrett said. Still present in the historic home are the handmade nails and hardware used to put it together, the original millwork, the exposed beams, and built-ins. The window seats and raised paneling over the fireplace are also original.