For $1.85M, live in Mark Twain’s former Connecticut farmhouse

Posted On Tue, August 29, 2017 By

Posted On Tue, August 29, 2017 By In Celebrities, Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Known as “Jean’s Farm,” the 18-acre Connecticut property that literary great Mark Twain bought for his daughter in 1909, is for sale for $1.85 million. Located in Redding, the estate at 325 Redding Road includes a farmhouse built in 1787, an antique barn and a studio. While it has been recently renovated, the sprawling estate maintains its rustic charms (h/t Residents of the five-bedroom, three and a half bathroom home have access to lots of open space and greenery, as well as a heated gunite pool.

The home’s living room boasts Carlisle hickory floors, antiqued ceiling beams, a mudroom and new doors and windows. On this floor, French doors lead outside to a fire pit with a flowering garden. The kitchen features Cream Marfil marble counters, custom-made cabinetry and Gaggenau premium appliances. Plus, there is a built-in banquette dining area and a breakfast bar.


The barn, constructed in the 1860s, has been converted into a full apartment. The finished attic currently features a playroom and sports court, an art room and a gym. The property also includes a separate art studio with a 1/2 bath.

Outside, the firepit, lush gardens and heated pool provide a peaceful oasis and scenic views.

[Listing: 325 Redding Road by Lois Lehman for William Raveis Luxury Properties]



All images courtesy of William Raveis Luxury Properties

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  • Greg Preservation

    ‘…the estate at 325 Redding Road includes a farmhouse built in 1787, an antique barn and a studio. While it has been recently renovated, the sprawling estate maintains its rustic charms…’

    There is a great deal of ‘rustic charm, a lovely home. However, there is literally nothing visible left of the 1787 house in the listing photographs.

    First, examine the exterior photographs. All of the original windows have been removed, and the actual window locations relocated. The triple banked windows are typical of post World War 11 suburban America. The projecting porch above the front door, with its historically inaccurate picture window, is another visual problem, dramatically different from almost anything available in American domestic architecture before the 1920’s.

    It’s difficult to tell from the photographs, but the siding appears to be vinyl. The original siding would have been hand planed boards, short in length with the ends feathered so that each board lapped over/under the adjacent board in the same row. This overlapping joint provided more weather-proofing, and gives antique siding a rippling effect. Vinyl and modern lumber or composition siding, available in virtually unbroken lengths have no such appearance, creating a smooth, arrow-straight look to the ‘boards.’

    Then there are the Chimneys. The house would have originally been heated with fireplaces, which require thick chimneys. Each fireplace, and there would have been one in almost every major room, usually required individual flues. Narrow chimneys such as these were satisfactory for stoves, an extremely unlikely fitting in a late 18th century home in the countryside of Connecticut.

    The huge but elegant suburban interior spaces, running the full depth of the home, are also not 18th century. The original rooms would have been half the size, allowing them to be more easily heated in a New England winter. The exposed beams appear to be recent additions as again, from the photographs, they do not appear to have been shaped with hand tools.

    The mantels are handsome, but new, and where is the staircase? These were major decorative elements in the home of a prosperous 18th century home owner.

    It is indeed a lovely and charming country house, delightful living for the Connecticut country life, with an amazing kitchen, but it is not a 1787 house, or even an 1909 Mark Twain house.

  • wright gregson

    the house is a mess!!!! a totally botched renovation. criminal, I say!



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