Could You Sell It? A Look at the 5 Oldest Properties in the USA

How long can a home last? Perhaps 100 years? Maybe 200? You’d be surprised to learn some of this country’s dwellings have been standing since 750 A.D. Even a few wood structures have survived since the first part of the 17th century. These are the nation’s oldest homes and what’s become of them.

1. The Ancestral Puebloan Communities

New Mexico Real Estate

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The Ancestral Puebloan Communities in New Mexico are the oldest constantly inhabited buildings in the United States. Construction on these structures started about 750 A.D. and continue to the present day. The buildings became a part of the country in 1848 when New Mexico became a state, and include the Taos Pueblo, the oldest multi-story structure in the U.S. built between 100 and 1450 A.D., and Acoma Pueblo built between 1000 and 1200 A.D. Owned by the Pueblo tribe, it is illegal for non-tribe members to purchase land and homes here.

2. The Fairbanks House

Massachusetts Real Estate

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Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts is still owned by the extended Fairbanks family, who built the home in 1637. Hailed as the oldest timber frame building in the U.S., it was built for Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks and their six children. It remained in the family for the following eight generations, and now stands as a museum. The family deliberately refrained from renovating the home to a specific time period, and each addition to the home over its 300 year history stands as is.

3. Sir John Humphreys House

Sir John Humphreys House

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Sir John Humphreys House, built in 1637, is the oldest home in Swampscott, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s oldest communities. Originally built on Elmwood Road and later moved to 99 Paradise Road, this was the home of Massachusetts Bay Colony‘s first deputy governor under John Winthrop. As the Fairbanks House, each addition was left period accurate and the home serves as a museum.

4. The C.A. Nothnagle Log House

New Jersey Real Estate

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C.A. Nothnagle Log House was constructed between 1638 and 1643 and is believed to be the oldest standing log cabin in the country. It also serves as the oldest home in New Jersey. It might be the oldest surviving wood structure of any type in the entire Western Hemisphere. Probably built by settlers from Finland or Sweden, the earliest part of the house measures 16 X 22 feet, indicating the people who built it were likely wealthier than average. Most log cabins built during this time measure only 12 X 12. It is still privately owned and the owners open the home for tours only by appointment.

5. The Henry Whitefield House

Connecticut Real Estate

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Built in 1639, the Henry Whitefield House holds the distinction of being the oldest stone American Colonial home. It is also the oldest house in the state of Connecticut. Standing in Guilford, Connecticut, this home was built by English Pilgrims fleeing religious persecution. Today, it serves as a museum housing almost 400 years of America’s historical artifacts.

These homes probably won’t be on the market any time soon, but could you get them to sell if they were?

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