Introducing 136 Main Street – the historic Betsy Searle Place in Francestown, NH! Listed in the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places as a contributing property within the Francestown Main Street Village Historic District, this Federal-style brick-ender, although not unique in Francestown, is representative of a small group of buildings of this typology. Its high architectural merit, association with the development of Francestown and the Second N.H. Turnpike, and its integration in the Main Street Corridor add credence to the significance of 136 Main Street. The Betsy Searle Place possesses integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, association, and feeling. Although there are isolated 20th-century modifications in the ell section, the main dwelling has been untainted by alterations. First settled by Betsy Searle in 1827, passed to Harvey A. Hopkins in 1876, purchased by Amasa Downes in 1884, this home consistently remained in the stewardship of notable historical figures – from builders and farmers to successful merchants – enhancing the contribution of this home to the development of Francestown. The interiors of this historic home have evolved, minimally and strategically, over the years, creating a stylistic dialog between the past and present. The owners throughout the years paid homage to the original incarnation while allowing for the seamless incorporation of modern conveniences, finishes, personal design, and necessary enhancements. Maintaining many original, refined details, from the wide-plank Tamarack Pine flooring, kitchen cabinetry, paneled doors, and wood-burning fireplaces, to the gabled roof, clapboard and brick exterior, and traditional red barn, The Betsy Searle Place is now yours to call home. Upon entering, the grand foyer, parlor/sitting room, living room, formal dining room, kitchen, and half-bath grace the first floor. Upstairs you will find four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including the primary bedroom with an ensuite bath. A beautifully designed, multi-level patio is perfectly located between the home and the barn, paving the way to the backyard and abutting forest. The barn is currently used as a storage space, but is positioned for conversion to a studio, office, or workshop with access to the second-floor loft. This home remains true to its historical relevance and present-day stewards, bringing together the Federal-style with modernity to create a home equally inviting, comfortable, and evocative. Offered fully furnished at an escalated price. The house and barn sit on 0.40 acres. A non-contiguous, separate 3.00-acre lot is included in the sale.
Updated on November 20, 2021 at 5:18 pm