On the Market: Fannie Farmer’s Summer House
184 Old Littleton Road, Harvard
Size: 4,779 square feet
You can live like the “mother of level measurements” herself—cookbook author and culinary expert Fannie Farmer‘s summer home in Harvard is for sale. The influential Medford native lectured on nutrition at Harvard Medical School and opened her own cooking school on Huntington Avenue, making enough money to work with an architect to design the home 40 miles west of Boston. Unfortunately, Farmer passed away in 1915 before she could move into the house, leaving the estate to her mother, sister, and brother-in-law.
Many parts of the home nod to its Fannie Farmer history, including an original elevator and pantry. There’s also a brass door knocker that’s engraved “Weldon,” a play on words for a job well done. The four-bedroom boasts built-ins, window seats, four fireplaces, and a sunroom. Outside, the property is trimmed with a stone wall. The kitchen—arguably the most important part of Fannie Farmer’s house—has sliding doors with views of the property’s stunning backyard gardens.
For more information, contact Barbara Bennett, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, coldwellbankerhomes.com.
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