This is our home. A classic Saltbox style farmhouse with a few additions and we are so blessed to be the new owners. A true gem and the oldest home in a Westchester County town about 45 minutes north of New York City.
A first glimpse into our 1740 Saltbox style farmhouse upon moving in. Welcome to our primitive, historical, antique home where projects await!
The property was originally purchased by Samuel Brown sometime after 1715 upon which he built this saltbox style farmhouse. It’s estimated the house was built about 1740 but no original deed exists.
This house was the center of a large farm covering at least a half mile down the main street. The original 1740 portion is the larger center piece with the classic characteristic saltbox 1 1/2 stories in front and the transom window above the door.
This collection of panoramic pictures below is my attempt to show the whole house including additions made on both sides:
1. Street view: left portion is garage/laundry and kitchen addition
2. Front patio view: kitchen behind umbrella
3. Main original house
4. Great room on right side with playroom below.
5. Pool view of right side with great room addition.
The official plaque out front dedicated in May 1967 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Our home has not been registered as a historical landmark only marked by the DAR so we are free to make changes.
They say it’s in the details and this house is no exception. There are little snippets of history every where you look. Roman numerals carved into the support beams marking where the cross beams and pegs connect.
One of those original pegs is clearly visible in the loft area.
It’s a quaint home with 2400 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 staircases, and 3 fireplaces (all connected to one central chimney).
Dining Room fireplace:
Living Room fireplace:
Check out the original floorboards and brick work:
And lastly the Master Bedroom fireplace:
Moving on to the staircases. There are 3 and they are all original.
- butterfly style twisting staircase
- super narrow and twisty
- steep rise but easy to navigate
At the top of this staircase is the coolest loft space complete with window. My kids absolutely love reading in this space.
- original and clearly the most used
- well worn foot path on treads
- see the updated version here
The entrance for the back staircase is behind the door on the far left picture below. A truly unique stairwell situation with two doors on either side. I stripped the front door and you should see the beautiful turquoise blue paint I found under many layers!
If you open the door you can barely see the first step in the middle picture and the door on the opposite side. Finally in the picture on the right with the second door open you can see the family room addition. I prefer to keep both doors open, it makes the space flow much better, feels larger and more open but I do love having the ability to close the doors at night.
- movable access to the attic
- well worn which leads me to believe the attic (third floor) was used often
For more photos of the upstairs hallway space click here.
Moving on to the bathrooms. As you can imagine none of the bathrooms are original. There was no indoor plumbing in 1740. We will start with the downstairs hall bath which was once a birthing room. Upon moving in there was dark red toile wallpaper on the walls, a beautiful antique wash basin area and aged farmhouse door.
I gave this bathroom a makeover to brighten up the space and make it our own. See the updated version here.
The master bathroom is small but we recently renovated the space for more functionality.
Lastly is the full bathroom upstairs for the kids. Again I performed a makeover to freshen up the space and we love it now.
The Master Bedroom is on the first floor complete with the original wood planks and fireplace. This photo was taken immediately after we moved in and had just the basics set up.
A few years in and I built a poster bed, ripped down the drop ceiling, made roman shades and more. It’s much more put together now.
The other two bedrooms are upstairs and still have the original wide wood plank floors as well. There was a lot of work to be done with all that wallpaper and heavy window treatments.
This is the girls bedroom before we moved in any furniture. This space has been completely changed for two young tween girls but the original wide planked wood floors remain.
My son’s bedroom had a similar look with wallpaper and heavy window treatments.
This space has been completely transformed and I recently installed built ins and a sliding barn door.
We can’t forget the kitchen. There’s tons of cabinets to be painted but loving this countertop and sink!
And we found this wallpaper in a nook under the front staircase:
This collection of items below are things found in and around the Samuel Brown Homestead throughout the years. If only these treasures could talk! I wish I knew all the stories behind these bits and pieces.
This little card is pretty neat as it has the name ‘Merritt’ written on both the back:
(The Merritt Parkway is about 1 mile down the road.)
The transom windows above the front and back doors let in so much light while allowing for a solid door mostly for security and heat.
I have since updated the back foyer space for a more welcoming look.
Moving outside this is the back door from the exterior.
This back portion was added on at some point enlarging the dining room and creating a small foyer at the back entry.
There are blueprints from a 1943 renovation which clearly depict the front elevation and it looks like they lowered the roof line on the left extension.
The front door is hidden behind a very crude storm door typical for primitive farmhouses.
But the front door has the most simple and understated antique hardware pull.
This house has copper gutters and the previous owner added all these beautiful exterior sconces:
They even added the most perfect copper sconces on the fence posts at the front patio.
The front patio view from the kitchen doors, it’s the perfect place to eat dinner on warm summer nights.
The backyard is complete with the original well hiding under this giant rock.
And slate patio, pool and koi pond with lots more green space not pictured.
And so the Saltbox Project begins. I am constantly working on our home making it fit best for our needs. Most of the projects featured on my site and for our home and I truly love the evolving process.
Looking forward to gallons and gallons of paint, lots of furniture building, tons of landscaping, installing new light fixtures and on and on. Thanks for following along with me!