Historic home for sale hosts open house
April 24, 2012
The historic Boutell-Hathorn House welcomes prospective buyers to an open house on Sunday, April 29, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Located at 280 Woburn Street in Wilmington, Massachusetts, the property is for sale for the first time in more than seventy years. Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Boutell-Hathorn House is historically significant and worthy of preservation as a farmstead representing New England’s agricultural history, with buildings and structures dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the late-twentieth century.
Located on a Colonial-period road formally laid out in 1737 over a Native American path that provided access to neighboring towns, the house was constructed in c. 1754 for Deacon Thomas and Abigail Boutell, with later alterations dating to c. 1800, c. 1850, c. 1900, and c. 1975. The Boutell-Hathorn House is a fine example of a local farmhouse with a Federal/Greek Revival-style exterior and Georgian and Federal style interiors. The Main Barn, an excellent example of the local Italianate style, is also a product of vernacular traditions that are characteristic of Wilmington and the area northwest of Boston. The house retains many original features from both its date of construction and from its later alterations, such as the entry door, fireplaces, woodwork, floors, privy, and stone walls. The property consists of more than five acres of land. Historic New England holds preservation easements that protect its historically important features.