The Roderick Bryan House circa 1820
Request for Bids in Excess of $400,000
The Historic Roderick-Brian House is on the National Register of Historic Places, built circa 1820 in the late 1700’s style as a copy of his parents’ house, which is across the street. Located in Watertown, this unspoiled property is a three fireplace central chimney two story cape with rear shed extension and attached out buildings. It sits on its original rubble stone foundation. Very few updates have been made to the house.
The traditional 3-room/front-hall first floor design remains mainly untouched. Two parlors, each with a unique fireplace are street side off the front hall. The south parlor also has a “coffin” door. The original wood paneled “kitchen space” runs the full length of the house and includes traditional walk-in fireplace with bread ovens, large hearthstone, and original swing out iron gantry. This space include enclosed stairway to second floor and, one of the few changes to the original design, a bathroom where a storage space existed. Behind the original kitchen is the shed mud-room with a galley updated kitchen and cozy breakfast nook.
The upstairs is comprised of four bedrooms and a bathroom. It maintains the original layout with wide board chestnut floors.
The attached out buildings include an entrance storage area, two car garage, sunroom, and two workshops. The first workshop is a two story area that housed a chair caning business. The late owner, Ruth Getsinger, was a recognized for her skills reseating chairs using cane and natural rush. She did work for museums and other collectors of early American chairs including the late Paul Newman.
The second workshop was her husband’s (Boardman better known as Gets) woodworking shop and art studio. He was an artist, sculptor, and musician. The workshop served many purposes over the years.
The 1.5 acre property sits in the Linkfield Road rural farming area in Watertown in historic Litchfield County. It is surrounded by a land trust and farming conservation area - Gustafson Farm and Orchards. This property will forever remain rural.
Here is a rare opportunity. This house was last sold in 1948. The buyer will be only the fourth owner of this property.
Watertown birthplace of John Trumbull (early American poet and satirist) cousin of John Trumbull the painter. It is home Taft School, a renowned private school.