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Josiah Bartlett homestead goes on the market
Built in 1774, the former home of Josiah Bartlett was placed on the market last weekend. (COURTESY)
The historic four-bedroom farm went on the market last weekend, according to listing agent Donna Carter, owner of Donna Carter Real Estate in Kensington.
The home’s current owners, Ruth and Dale Albert, have owned the property for nearly three decades. Ruth, who is Josiah Bartlett’s great-great-great-great- granddaughter, grew up in the house and represents the seventh generation of Bartlett descendants to call the property home.
Located at 156 Main St., the regal white farmhouse was entered in to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972. It was built in 1774, after Bartlett’s previous home on the property was destroyed in a fire, according to Carter.
“We envision either a private individual who wants to preserve this homestead or a state/town preservation organization (as potential new owners),” she added.
She contacted several other family members, but caring for such a large, aging property simply wasn’t feasible for them. The property is set on 18 acres of pastures, forests and fields and also has 1,200 feet of water frontage on Greenwood Pond.
“We’d like to be in Florida for the wintertime,” Ruth said.
Carter noted that the property’s asking price might be a bit steep for most nonprofit groups.
“We had people coming in from all over the country,” Albert said. “It was pretty hard seeing some of the things I grew up sitting on get carried out of here.”
He purchased the homestead property before marrying Mary Bartlett. The couple had 12 children, though only nine lived into adulthood.
“There are three of these trees, that I know of, in Kingston,” Ruth Albert said. “And one of them is in my yard.”
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