Experience the serendipity of “the house nobody wanted…”
From its “dawn of America” history to its dairy farm families, the 1770 Grounded Goodwife Farmhouse is filled with stories of the women, men, and children who have called it home. Wide-board floors, wrought-head nails, and original King’s wood paneling above the eight-foot-wide kitchen fireplace evoke a taste of colonial America.
In 2011, the Urban family was betrayed and swindled – and no longer had any hopes, dreams, goals, or money. Needing a place to heal, they discovered a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury that had been vacant for five years. The family made a low-ball offer to the bank, never thinking it would be accepted. Not long after moving in, an ice dam resulted in soggy kitchen ceiling sheetrock. When the family pulled down the sheetrock, they were amazed to discover a hand-hewn log beam ceiling. Velya’s research at the town hall revealed that the house had been built in 1770. Months later, when the curious homeowners “just had a feeling” there was something hidden behind their 1940s kitchen woodstove, they removed over three tons of fieldstone, cement, brick, and paneling. Uncovering a colonial beehive oven and walk-in fireplace was the beginning of the family’s healing journey.