Dating Old Historic Houses

I’ve been having this pleasant exchange with an historic house owner in Connecticut. Kinda shows some of the intricacies of dating old historic houses.

Customer email: “..Love your signs and was interested to get pricing on a house circa plaque.  Possible information to put on the sign–

Nathaniel Brown the younger
C. 1825

Not sure how “the younger” should be placed on the sign, but figured you would have an idea.  The reason “the younger” is sort of important is because Nathanial Brown the Older (the father) had his house a bit farther up the road.  I think it is a bit quirky as well!

We are not looking for anything huge. ”

More background I ask… and that is where the vagueness of history begins…

“We have a very weird situation with the dates for the house.  The house is listed on town record as 1722 and we have a letter from the town that confirms this date, but the historical society says 1825.  It is a federal style house, so the 1722 is not accurate, but it has left us questioning the 1825.”

My reply…”

Triple center chimney with brick oven and swing arm in the current dining room, not a walk-in hearth though.

The millwork around the front door is brand new, the house had no trim details to speak of– we think the windows are redone in late 1800s (unique push button stops), one original window remains (back attic), which is 8 over 12.

Here it is– I am almost just leaning towards 1822 or just saying 1800.  I think we could search the deed out in Middletown (Portland was apart of Middletown when our house was built), but we just haven’t had the chance.  I am planning to go on Monday morning and then will just make a decision.

Thanks for the help!