Speechless Sunday: Real Colonial House

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Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

This is an adorable little cottage in the historic section of Wiliamsburg, Virginia.  It probably dates back to the early 1700's.    And I'm guessing that it started off as the kitchen to the really big house next door.

 

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Comments (36)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Pat- one of the things I miss about living in your area would be all of the historic buddings.  That is a huge chimney and I'm with you... probably this started out as the kitchen. 

May 06, 2012 11:01 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Great find, Pat! I wonder if any plants from the original garden remain on the property? 

May 06, 2012 11:22 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The simple things in life bring so much pleasure...keep em coming and keep em simple too...thank you Pat

May 06, 2012 11:35 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

This is a great picture of a simple cottage

May 07, 2012 12:14 AM
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Now that's a lovely cottage with beautiful landscaping.  And, really nice photo too ... it almost looks like a painting.

May 07, 2012 12:57 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Patricia, I would also guess to say it was a kitchen with that fireplace. Can't tell you how many times we've been to Williamsburg. Great place to visit.

May 07, 2012 01:32 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

It may have started off at a kitchen since, for safety reasons, they built their kitchen's away from the main residence back then. Even so, that would have been one FANCY kitchen! HUGE!

May 07, 2012 01:51 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

What a lovely chimney.  Yes, it's big and . . . beautiful.  I bet that keeps the kettle boiling all right!!  Wonderful spring photo!

May 07, 2012 03:25 AM
Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret
United Real Estate (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com - Prince William, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Hi Patricia.  It really looks cozy from the outside.  Neat home and some work was put into the landscaping.  Very inviting.

May 07, 2012 04:15 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Patricia -- thanks for the reminder of the beauty of Williamsburg.  The garden is great, with the foxglove growing so tall on the side.

May 07, 2012 05:36 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Cool, see we don't have houses (kitchens) like this in IL.

May 07, 2012 06:39 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Love it! And the setting sure doesn't hurt either. What a great glimpse of history!

May 07, 2012 08:37 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, you don't see much of this. However, I have also seen these cute little cottages in the south. And you are right--they were originally intended as kitchens away from the big house.

 

May 07, 2012 01:17 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Thanks so much for your comments.

When this house was built, it was common to have the kitchen outside of the house - the kitchens were a major fire hazard, and noone wanted a kitchen fire to take down the mansion.

I doubt that this house is currently lived in.  There is a row of houses that are all really historic, and they are shops and offices. 

Williamsburg was the first Capitol of Virginia.  They moved it to Richmond because it was harder for unfriendly ships to get that far down the river and burn or pillage. Colonial Williamsburg is a beautiful town, and the College of William and Mary has a great camput that is fun to walk. 

 

May 07, 2012 01:19 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Pat, I just love seeing old houses! We were just in the House of Seven Gables in Salam MA a couple of weeks ago and they had their kitchens in the main house due to the cold weather. I still thought it was odd just for the reason you stated above - why risk burning down the whole house? But I guess they can't get out when it's snowing so much.

Thanks for sharing!

Sharon

May 07, 2012 02:26 PM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Pat,

Based on the chimney, I'd say that it likely was a cookhouse or kitchen. :)

Steve

May 08, 2012 12:17 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

It is adorable! I love the history that you have up there! So many wonderful buildings!

May 08, 2012 05:36 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Pat,

Congratulations. This post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)

Steve

May 09, 2012 12:10 PM
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

Great looking little house! The gardens are amazing!

Jul 16, 2012 07:31 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

it is cute and ugly at the same time:) I think that landscaping adds a lot, so it looks beautiful and colorful:)

Sep 01, 2012 07:22 PM