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On the Market: A 1700s Colonial in Bolton with Wall Murals by a Famous Artist

For hundreds of years, period details of this Revolutionary War-era home have been well-preserved, including murals painted on the walls by Rufus Porter.


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698 Main Street, Bolton
Price: $759,900
Size: 3,721 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3 full

A Colonial-style home in New England is as common as spotting L.L. Bean boots in winter. But how about a Colonial home that actually dates back to that time period? This Bolton home displays all the characteristics of a classic late 1700s home, from the rust-colored clapboard, to the rectangular, paned windows lining the front of the house, to the Georgian doorway with ornamental tapered pilasters. But while historic homes in Massachusetts can be a dime a dozen, this house in the heart of this quintessential New England town is known in the community for being one of longer-lasting residential relics of that time.

According to listing agent Sharon Mandell, the home can be linked back to Capt. Joseph Sawyer who led the Stow Militia into Concord during the Revolutionary War. The so-called Capt. Joseph Sawyer Home later became a canvas for painter and Scientific American founder Rufus Porter who painted murals on the walls of the home. Throughout the years, owners of this house preserved the pieces, eliminating the need for framed paintings, because who needs wall art when you have original landscapes painted right on the walls of your hallway?

While the home has been updated with modern conveniences, other unique nods of its colorful history have been carefully preserved, like the wide pumpkin pine floors throughout the house. A large backyard holds similar history in its mature maples, old stone walls, and mature perennial gardens.

But it’s not just this home’s past that makes it stand out. In addition to four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a home office, and a walk-up attic, the house also comes with a 700-square foot apartment with its own entrance and deck. Rent it out, or, if you’re living in the home itself, you can also use it for a business. And with this house being within walking distance of the town common and library, you’ll be right at the center of all Bolton has to offer.

For more information, contact Sharon Mandell, Coldwell Banker Realty – Northborough, coldwellbankerhomes.com.

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