Our 36 acre property is located on the North Road in Sebec, Maine. It is a long, rectangular lot with an 850 foot road frontage on the north and an 800 foot frontage (south) on Harriman Pond. It is mostly high ground and primarily wooded in mixed hardwood (maple, birch, ash and beech). A young sugar bush is easily accessed on sloping ground. Old stone walls throughout the property indicate a history of homesteading in the late 1800s. There is a small farm pond on the property. We have an excellent, deep well with good-tasting water. The woodlot was selectively cut about 15 years ago, taking mostly poplar and releasing the more valuable hardwoods.
We believe that the farmhouse, an old cape, was built in the mid-1850s. The attached barn was built later and, at some point, about half of it was turned into living space. Three generations of Morrills homesteaded here until about 1900. Four sons fought in the Civil War. Renovations in the 1980's revealed old newspapers in the walls describing the Lincoln/Douglas debates.
We fell in love with the property right away and bought it in 1990. We appreciated its beauty and privacy while still being close to the schools and services of Dover-Foxcroft, the county seat. We never considered ourselves as homesteaders, but did grow an organic garden and, from time to time, raised sheep, chickens and pigs.
It would be wonderful if a young couple bought the property, practiced good stewardship and raised a family here as we did. We would hope that the property would remain intact and be used, in some way, agriculturally.
Three buildings occupy the property, all with metal roofs added within the past ten years. The house is a post and beam cape (1 ½ stories) built in the mid 1850’s. The foundation was reinforced about twelve years ago. Attached is a large barn, half of which was turned into living space, and attached to that is a shed/garage. All are connected. There are two or three bedrooms (depending on use) and one bath with tub, shower and laundry. The main house was extensively renovated in the 1980’s … new insulation and sheetrock, new lined chimney, electrical, plumbing, siding and windows. Some partitions were removed, exposing the original hand-hewn beams and created a more open floorplan downstairs. There is a small office area upstairs and a spacious unfinished attic which could easily be turned into studio. The main house is heated with a large pellet stove (Quadrafire). The kitchen and bath areas are heated by a Monitor heater (propane). The entire house is wired for electric heat but most baseboard units have been removed. There is an air-tight wood stove in the cellar for back-up heat. Hot water is gas fired, on-demand.
As a cabinetmaker with a shop right here on the property, I was able to do much finish work myself. All of the downstairs flooring is wide pine, face-nailed with cut spikes. Vintage wainscot and trim in the kitchen was salvaged from an old grange hall nearby. Kitchen cabinetry is Shaker design in native cherry with slate counter tops and a large (48”) slate farm sink. There is a 32” refer, 30”gas stove and a wood burning cook stove in the kitchen opposite south-facing windows. A French door leads from the living room to a library with built-in cherry cabinetry. Upstairs bedrooms are carpeted.
A second structure occupies the northeast corner of the property … a 24’x44’ single story building built in 1990 which serves as a woodworking shop. An 8’x44’ loading dock, elevated and covered by roof, is attached to the north side of the building. The building is ruggedly built, well insulated and has good natural lighting through a long bank of south-facing windows. It is heated by a steel plate wood stove with blower and has both single phase and three phase electrical entrances. A 10HP cyclone-and-bag dust system is installed with ductwork, blast gates and three remote switches. A residential propane furnace with air conditioning attachment and ductwork is included, but not installed in the building.
The third building is a 16’x24’ pole barn which was partitioned internally to function as garden/storage shed and shelter for a small flock of sheep.
Priced at $205,000
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