Fuel for Hardcore Historical Home Fantasies

Fuel for Hardcore Historical Home Fantasies
Hampton National Historic Site

Friday, May 14, 2010

1830 Oyer House at McAlevy's Fort Huntingdon, PA.

Hello Handsome! Elegantly rustic and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oyer House is an 1830 stone house, carefully restored, on approx. 2 acres. SEVEN fireplaces and extensive original faux graining and stenciling make this a unique example of Federal architecture. Superb original decorative paint and stenciling appears throughout this house. All major doors, baseboard moldings, and chimney cabinets are either faux-grained in maple or mahogany or marbleized in simulated stone. In the back parlor rows of stenciling from floor to ceiling were discovered under layers of old wall paper.Original box-locks and Norfolk latches remain on all the doors.

All that PLUS new mechanicals, wiring, plumbing and bathrooms and kitchens, were added with care from 1990 to the present as the house, when found, had none of these amenities, being in it's original 1830 condition. A new roof, an outbuilding serving as a garage, and a sun-room were added at this time. When the original six dormers were replaced, two large rooms, bath and galley kitchen made a third floor suite, completing a 4-5 bedroom, 3+ bath house. Sounds like this one is done!

Described as "hidden in its peaceful central enclave near large areas of state forests, parks and famous fishing and hunting areas, this unique home is within an easy drive of a major university" -- I'm guessing it's near Penn State. So the climate's cold but it's got culture. Just $445,000.

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