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
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
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
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
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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