One thing that you will learn about me is that I'm very passionate about history.
In fact, if I could pick a dream career, I would be a "Historic Preservationist".
I love historic houses and the history behind them.
Location: Newport, N.Y.
Contact: Kay Delano, 315-826-7070
The History: After purchasing this circa 1850 farmhouse in 2005, John Slifka made an interesting discovery in the attic: a box of journals belonging to a former occupant named Emily Higgins. A terse entry from the winter of 1887 went like this: "Pleasant, plenty of snow for good sleighing. I have been making a variety of cakes today." Not the most riveting stuff-just an account of the simple things that brought joy to a girl in small-town central New York long before our modern conveniences. Around 1900, the house was sold to Frank Fitch, who ran Newport's limestone gristmill. In 1948, it became
home to the Sherman family, who remained there for 57 years.
An original staircase leads way to a second floor landing with 3 bedrooms.New systems and a kitchen update are necessary for this farmhouse.
Yellow-Pine plank flooring throughout and two-over-two windows give this living room great lighting.
What it needs: Exterior restoration, starting with a new front sill to replace the rotted one. The house also requires all new systems as well as updates to its kitchen and only bathroom. The asphalt-shingle roof is in good shape, and the house's water comes from a nearby spring. Once your work is done, you can start chronicling the charms of your own small-town winters, and even bake a cake or two.