Hamilton House

As some of you may know, Karl and I have bought property in Hamilton, NY. We became the happy owners on February 17, 2006 after about 2 years of searching for the right type of house and location. Our thanks go to Brian and Jeanette Wright for sending us the original real estate link to the property and helping to make it all possible!

Most of all, to my life long friends, Nina and Bob for their support and encouragement....not to mention the hot showers, warm bed, and good food on those long cold work days! It wouldn't have happened without you...THANKS!!!

The above photo shows the original part of the house, a post and beam structure built ca. 1840-1850. It faces east.

This photo shows the south side where the kitchen and mudroom/garage are located. An unfortunate addition is the bump out on the back section. This was added as a garage probably in the 1940's but will be removed to improve the whole appearance of the building.

The left hand side contains the kitchen and sun porch and was added a little later but was also built as a post and beam structure. The porch, originally open, has been glassed in more recently. Behind the kitchen/sun porch section is another addition which then creates an "L" shape of the whole building. Although many people advised us against renovating and were very negative about our plans (those with no appreciation of the underlying historic structure) we have committed ourselves to bring life back into what will be a BEAUTIFUL home! Here are some interesting features of the old house:

The old post and beam structure with pegs as seen in upstairs rooms

Unique front entry door. There are two of these doors both off the front sun porch into the kitchen and living room

Wrought iron door latch for bedroom door upstairs. I just love this!

Look at this wonderful surprise-beautiful wide board paneling in future master bedroom

There is a barn and chicken coop included on the 47 acres. We are both very excited about restoring the home to as much an original state as is practical and comfortable and have discovered lots of interesting bits of information about the property already. I will post photos of our progress as we move along......a visual journal of our adventures!

Here is an aerial view of the property.


1859 Madison County Map

This is the property as on the 1859 Madison County map. I was fortunate enough to find and buy this section of the map from an auction on Ebay.The name listed appears to be E. Brainard. From what I was able to find out the Brainards/Brainerds originally came from Connecticut and were one of the early families to settle in the Hamilton area, as early as 1799. By the time this map was drawn there were quite a few Brainard/Brainerd families in the surrounding area. I am excited about trying to find out who actually built the house, could it have been the E.Brainard list on the map?

The Poolville Lake shown on both maps was the site of early mills and other industries established by members of the Poole family. For more historical information check out the Madison County site.

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