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Baldwinville Village District Gem – PRICE REDUCED

55 Elm St, Templeton, MA 01468, USA
$250,000

Description

Located in Templeton, Massachusetts, this four-bedroom, two-bath home sitting on a lovely corner lot is included in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Baldwinville Village District of Templeton. With over 1,500 square feet of living space on two floors, an additional 3-season room, a large attached barn, front porch, and back patio, this home is vacant and ready to welcome its new steward.  Circa 1787, your new home retains its original wood flooring, some beam ceilings, and countless mementos of times long past.  Otherwise, an empty palette awaits – to be restored to its original style or made modern to suit your desire.

In the residential community of Baldwinville, located directly on Route 202, outdoor recreation is close by with Otter River State Forest and Lake Dennison Recreation Area offering walking, biking, swimming, boating, and camping. Your commute to Worcester, Boston, or southern New Hampshire is made easier with quick access to major highways. You will become part of a small village that prides itself on community spirit, as well as a successful school system including Narragansett Regional High School. MLS # 72776574

Baldwinville – A History

Encompassing approximately 20 acres in northern Worcester County, the Baldwinville Historic District is centered at the junction of U.S. Route 202 and Mass. Route 68 North.  In 1730, the six-square-mile town now called Templeton, was one of six townships granted to veterans of King Philip’s War. By 1735, lots of varying sizes had begun to be distributed, and continued until the last parcels were sold in 1777. This district was part of the second phase of this distribution, in 1751 and 1752.  A meetinghouse was built in 1753, establishing that area as the primary settlement. The area was rich in timber and by 1754, Thomas Sawyer of Bolton had built a saw and grist mill on the Otter River, in what is now known as Baldwinville. By 1755, over forty families were living in Templeton, most engaged in agriculture-related activities. Templeton was then officially established as a town in July 1761. A gentleman named Jonathan Baldwin bought Sawyer’s saw mill in 1767, at a time when settlement in North Templeton was sparse. Baldwin was a prominent figure in the community, as was his future son Eden.  In their honor, Baldwin Mills, or North Templeton, was renamed Baldwinville in 1830.

Until approximately 1815, Baldwinville was accessible by only one roadway. In 1805, the Worcester-Fitzwilliam Turnpike was chartered to be built from Royalston to Worcester, but the only portion actually built was that to Baldwinville. Now Elm Street – the location of this home – this new route helped open the area along the Otter River for development and ensured the village’s continued dominance as Templeton’s manufacturing center.  Over the next few decades, the Center Village remained Templeton’s institutional focus, with Baldwinville as its manufacturing center, mainly in woodenware industries. By 1880, manufacturers located near the railroad and along the Otter River included: Baker and Wilson; Thomas, Perley & Waite and Smith Day Company, both makers of cane-seat chairs; H.M. Small, Gould and Company, producers of asbestos paper; the Waite Chair Company, makers of a unique type of folding chair; Winchester Box Manufacturing Company; and Hoi Man and Harris, producers of wooden pails and tubs. There were also extensive greenhouses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Still standing are two cottages from one of the first United States’ treatments centers for epilepsy, established by Dr. L. W. Baker in 1882. The last two decades of the 19th century represented the most prosperous period for Baldwinville’s industries and the period of greatest residential expansion in the village.

In the early 20th century, as Baldwinville’s manufacturers continued to prosper, several prominent citizens built fine houses in the village. Many of the builders were individuals with skills in carpentry, masonry, and plumbing, who were associated with the local woodworking factories. However, serious fires between 1905 and 1920, floods from the hurricane of 1938, and the construction of Birch Hill Dam in 1943 as part of the Federal flood control project, destroyed many of the small businesses and vegetation located in the area. Structures that remained were primarily late 18th and early 19th century residences, such as this home.  Its industrial base gone, Baldwinville became a residential village, which it remains today.

Your New Old Home

A walk around this home immediately brings to mind life as it used to be. In the barn you will see bark still on the timber originally used to construct the building.  You can envision the hay bales up in the loft, and the sounds and smells of the woodworking happening below.  In the home you will find original flooring, much of it wide-planked. Beamed ceilings, remnants of knob-and-tube wiring, push button light switches, twist doorbells, even horse rings. The square footage of the home does not do justice to the expansiveness of the home, with enfilades giving a great view of several distinct rooms at once.  This historic home is livable and vacant – just waiting for you to make it yours.

Detail

  • Property ID
    272270
  • 4
    Bedrooms
  • 2
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    1553 sqft
  • Lot Size
    0.36 acres
  • Colonial
    Style
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    Year Built
    1787

Updated on March 10, 2021 at 9:53 pm

Address

  • Address: 55 Elm St, Templeton, MA 01468, USA
  • City: Templeton
  • State/county: Massachusetts
  • Zip/Postal Code: 01436
  • Country: United States

Contact Agent

Danielle LaPointe
  • Danielle LaPointe
  • LaPointe Family Realty
  • [email protected]
  • (978) 855-9684
  • (978) 297-3673
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