blissHistoric homes go on the market on a daily basis — but when one like the Daniel Bliss Homestead in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, goes on the market, you sit up and pay attention.

Why? Because it was restored by the guy who pretty much wrote the book on preserving and restoring old homes, John T. Kirk.

This week’s historical shelter is a historic colonial farmhouse with two-and-a-half stories. The main part of the home was built in 1750 and features details common in the era and area — including the Georgian, five-bay-wide, center-chimney structure.

Kirk restored the home in the 1970s, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. (more…)

The final home of Lizzie Borden is up for sale, just in time for Halloween.

Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

And after the trial, Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma moved into Maplecroft Mansion, an eight-bedroom, four-bath home in Fall River, Massachusetts, settling in and even changing her name to Lizbeth in an attempt to avoid the notoriety she had obtained after her arrest and murder trial.

It was named Maplecroft, in fact, by Borden. And now that home, located at 306 French St., can be yours for $849,900. (more…)

This home in Eureka Springs, Ark., offers plenty of room for family and friends, but the real story is the views you can get from all those amazing porches.

If you’re the type that needs a second home with plenty to do, but like both country and city living, this multi-porched stunner in Eureka Springs is an example of some of the best parts of Arkansas.

This gorgeous home on Kirk Street has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Built in 1903, it’s been well-maintained and structurally updated. (more…)

Estes Park

The beautiful Baldpate Inn in Estes Park, Colo., boasts a century of business and a gorgeous setting – and it’s up for grabs.

The beautiful Estes Park, Colo., is a great place to play — we all know that. But what if we told you that you could also own an entire inn that would provide both a personal playground and a revenue stream? 

This week’s historical shelter is the Baldpate Inn. The Estes Park staple has 12 guest rooms in the main lodge, four cabins, the original homestead, and an outdoor event area. (more…)

Kentucky

The Samuels Home in what is now Coxs Creek, Ky., is one of the birthplaces of bourbon – and the original home of the family that would one day create Maker’s Mark.

The fact that the patriarch of what would become the Maker’s Mark family claimed his stake here would be story enough for most to consider this 200-year-old (plus) home in Kentucky.

But add the fact that the patriarch also was the master distiller for a Founding Father, and that later another son became the step-father of two notorious gun slingers, and the Samuels Home becomes both a home and a treasury of American history. (more…)

Harriet Beecher Stowe

You can own the birthplace of Harriet Beecher Stowe – provided you don’t mind putting it back together. (Photos courtesy Art Pappas)

Today’s historical shelter should be a museum, but for $400,000, the birthplace of Harriet Beecher Stowe could be yours – with a caveat.

It’s kind of a giant, DIY puzzle. The Hartford, Conn., home was carefully dismantled with an eye toward moving it and turning it into a museum about the early life of the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” (more…)

Maine

Stephen King lived in this four-bedroom, three-bath house built in Orrington, Maine, in 1906, when he was inspired to write “Pet Sematary.”

Stephen King slept here. In fact, he lived here, in this four-bedroom, three-bath house built in Orrington, Maine, in 1906, when he was inspired to write “Pet Sematary.”

And it can be your second home for a mere $255,000. (more…)

cape cod

In Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Every June, my family and I rent a cottage in Orleans, Mass., for a week, which is in the heart of Cape Cod. Our place is right on the bay, and we watch the tide ebb and flow from our large front porch. We just returned last week and the temperature was never above 80°. Last summer, it was so chilly, we rarely swam. The air smells clean and briny, and the architecture everywhere is like a storybook. If this sounds like paradise, you’re not far off.

cape codLife is pretty sweet in Cape Cod—I’ve had the opportunity to spend many hours driving and exploring the 15 towns that make up its 339 square miles. Cape Cod stretches from Woods Hole in the southwest (where you catch ferries to Martha’s Vineyard) to Provincetown in the northeast (where we go whale watching and fishing).

The year-round population of 220,000 swells during summer months, when many thousands like us flock to Cape Cod for a holiday. I can’t help but wonder what it would cost us to buy a place up there—it’s easy to afford something if your budget is massive, but what about more reasonably priced Cape Cod real estate?

I found three places that I think just might fit the bill.

 

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