Featured Listing: Rhode Island Home a Revolutionary War Hideout?

lafayette13Historic homes with interesting stories attached to them can elicit excitement & emotional attachment with potential buyers.  Historic homes with stories linking them to Revolutionary War heroes actually get press coverage.  This eight-room, circa 1790  Gambrel style home in Portsmouth, RI, (Aquidneck Island) is reputed to have once been a hiding place for General Lafayette during the American Revolution, as reported by Yankee MagazineIn fact, the story claims that Lafayette actually marquis_de_lafayette2squeezed into a hiding spot behind the fireplace’s beehive oven.  (Since chimney stacks often taper & become thinner as they rise through the house, they sometimes leave structural “voids” or extra space between the stone chimney & the structure.)   Who knows if the legend is true, but it does make the imagination run.  But what of the date — 1790?  How could the house have hid Lafayette, when the Revolution ended in 1783?  Well, the house was originally built around 1710, then moved 2 miles by oxcart in 1790 and rebuilt.  And the Lafayette story is not all this house has to offer — the 2 BR, 2 BA home has 4 fireplaces, wide board floors, and water views.  The asking price is $320,000.  For the Yankee Magazine article, click here.  For the listing, click here.  The property is currently listed with Maggie Elliott of Prudential Prime Properties.

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