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Israel Arnold Homestead

600 Great Road, Lincoln, , 02865 Dated Posted: June 29, 2016



Circa 1695

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About This Old House

Off-marketAntoinette Downing, the “Doyenne” and “Gold Standard” of Preservation in both Providence and Newport, directed the complete restoration of this circa 1695 “Israel Arnold” homestead. Situated on a hill in “The Great Road Historic District” in what is now the John H. Chafee Blackstone Valley National Heritage corridor, and opposite the grounds of the beautifully preserved Chace farm, the home boasts of being home to 11 generations of Arnolds, and no, Benedict, is not one of them! The homes orientation to sunlight is perfect. As you ascend the private drive, you see the house tucked into its wood. There are nearly 9 acres of woodland here that back up to Lincoln Woods. There is zoning for horses and trails in the park for easy riding. Most notable are the Period gardens that surround the house and yard. They are designed by, Lala Searle of Providence, a certified Colonial Garden Horticulturalist and Planner. The plantings make both an aesthetically pleasing and accurate landscape to the homes surroundings. Inside over 90% of the interior features, including moldings, doors, hardware, stairways, and floors are original. On the exterior, windows, clapboards, etc. are new but old methods and materials were used wherever possible. A short aside, when the new chimneystack was complete, Antoinette came to inspect the work and saw the finished details wrong for the period. Down it came, and the chimney reworked until the detailing met her exacting standards! Complete plans for the entire home, with specific definitions of wood work, doors, window, floor plans, etc. were drawn up under the directions of the Library of Congress and are available. Walking up the slate path, entering through the rear door, you step into the Borning Room, which was used year round as the kitchen. Then, wait. You hear it, an audible gasp! It’s the immense fireplace! The original colonial open-hearth fireplace measuring over 9′ wide, nearly 6′ high, and 4′ deep, features a beehive oven, and large swing arm crane. The crane was discovered by the stream at the foot of the hill by the owner’s children. What a magnificent find! Such good children! Its return to its rightful place in the hearth, the original mantle and the under stair storage area with a cat’s cradle opening and a door leading to the second floor, completes the look, cementing the original fireplace Borning Room as an astonishing piece of early American history. This four bedroom, three and a half bath home has seven working fireplaces, a two car garage, carpenter’s workroom/studio, storage shed, pool, and yes, a somewhat dilapidated dollhouse in the backyard that seeks some TLC to reclaim a child’s memory of what a great house she had growing up!

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