About HHB…

“Historic House Blog” is a comprehensive website exploring all issues related to historic preservation and the real estate market.  A source for old house owners, real estate agents, an preservationists in general, the Historic House Blog features regular articles discussing architecture, real estate and marketing, advocacy for historic houses, homeownership and old houses, and historic preservation.

pics1-001Historic House Blog’s principal blogger is Michael J. Emmons, Jr., who has a wealth of experience & expertise in old houses.  Michael is an architectural historian at the Center for Historic Architecture & Design (CHAD) at the University of Delaware.  He has an M.A. in American History from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. in historic preservation from the University of Delaware, and is currently a PhD candidate in Preservation Studies at the University of Delaware.  He specialized in marketing historic properties while working as a Realtor for many years in Connecticut & Ohio.  He has also worked at several historical museums, including The Mark Twain House (Hartford, CT), Old Sturbridge Village (Massachusetts), and Historic Sauder Village (Archbold, OH).

daveA contributing blogger is David Byers.  David earned a Masters degree from the University of Connecticut and has worked for several years as an historical guide for the National Park Service, including positions at Boston National Historical Park, Redwood National Park, & Lowell National Historical Park.  David was also selected for the Perkins Fellowship at Old York Historical Society in Maine, where he participated in the intensive historical research of the Ramsdell House, which was recently restored & opened to the public in York, Maine.

We love to receive submissions from readers, whether an idea for an article or a nice listing to feature.  Don’t hesitate to contact us: .

42 Comments so far »

  1. by Dan Damon, on 01.02.09 @ 3:12 AM


    re: the Lampkin House in Plainfield, NJ

    Many thanks for your helpful comment and suggestions to the Courier New article online.

    In the off-chance Bill and Edgar did not see the online version of the story (and your comment), I am pointing them toward your website.

    All the best for the New Year!

    Dan Damon

    The needler in the haystack

    C L I P S
    Links to essential tri-county area news

  2. by John Leeke, on 01.29.09 @ 4:09 PM


    Thanks for linking to my website,, in your “Links & Blogs feature.

    How would you like to have my video Reports from the Field right here at Historic House Blog? See it here:

    You can easily embed it on any blog or webpage. Let me know if you need help.

    Keep up the good blogging.

    by hammer and hand great works do stand

  3. by Ann, on 02.27.11 @ 10:44 PM


    Would like to tell your fans about a deco cottage in East Hampton available for sale. Kindly email me so I can send pictures and a full description, please. Thank you!

  4. by Kathleen O'Connell, on 07.13.11 @ 4:29 PM


    I would love to let your readers know about an incredible restored antique in Weston, CT. Let me know how to upload the information and pictures. It really is a truly magnificent property.

  5. by Michael, on 07.13.11 @ 8:52 PM


    Hi Kathleen,

    Do you have a write up about the property? I found the photos on your website, but there are no “remarks” or history to work with there.



  6. by E C EMBURY, Jr, on 07.25.11 @ 2:19 PM


    I am offering for sale a 1718 Saltbox on Main St East Hampton, NY. Purchased in 1928 by Aymar Embury II, prominent 20th century architect, and his wife Ruth Dean, a prominent landscape architect. Renovated and an addition built to apprx 2500 sq ft, used as a summer home, held in the family, now offered for sale by owner. Private parties, buyers’ agents welcome to inquire.

  7. by Dan Kelley, on 08.28.11 @ 6:29 PM


    Great Blog! I was researching sources of information on antique log homes for a friend of mine who I built a website for. His name is Clifford Wagner and I just finished building
    I would appreciate a link to our site from yours, or any help in marketing his site. I have already added a link to your blog on our links page.

  8. by Amy Schmidt, on 03.04.12 @ 9:46 PM


    Love your blog and would be thrilled to have you feature our 1855 antique colonial that is for sale on the Jersey Shore – 50 minutes south of NYC. It was built for Henry Cherry, a renown carriage maker in the area. We think our home is a good example of an old home made hip and have attached the home’s site for review. We have more details on the history of the home if interested. Thanks for the consideration!

  9. by Amy Schmidt, on 03.04.12 @ 9:53 PM


    So sorry about posting the wrong link above (it’s our business link – my fingers are trained to automatically type it and I couldn’t figure out how to delete the previous post). The house website is: Thanks again!

  10. by Amadara, on 03.13.12 @ 8:11 AM


    Love the me so we can have a personal conversation.

  11. by Jody, on 05.12.12 @ 2:40 PM


    Great Blog!

  12. by Michael@HHB, on 05.12.12 @ 9:34 PM


    Thanks, Jody! Glad to have you stop by!

  13. by Catherine Seidenberg, on 05.14.12 @ 10:20 PM



    We have a gorgeous high-style Federal brick house for sale in Hinesburg, Vermont, that is in need of much renovation, but is moderately liveable. It is a rare find and has many of its original architectural details compeletely intact. How do I go about having it listed here?


    Catherine Seidenberg

  14. by Mary, on 07.11.12 @ 12:50 PM


    Endangered property!

    Buy a property with historical significance and loads of potential in a quaint, sleepy town of Nassau, NY 12123 for $20,000! This building was built about 1840 as a machine shop and saw mill and was expanded between 1936-1939. The property was originally part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, owned by the Van Rensselaer Family. Since that time, this property has had various uses and been owned by many prominent people, including J.M. Witbeck. It has also been a cider mill, antiques shop and private residence. It has much of the original wood and character! My goal is to find someone who wants to rehab it, but the condition is deteriorating.

    The front is a house with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and office. The remaining portion is a two story indoor storage area composed mostly of cinder block which has heavy damage, but a good foundation. There is also a one car garage on the end. It is currently uninhabitable due to the fact that no one has lived there since 2005 or 2006. It is located on a residential street with homes 1,100-1,700 sq. ft. valued at $100,000-$200,000. It has public drinking water and a septic system. It is about one mile from Nassau Lake with a creek that runs behind it.

    Call Mary #(518) 364-0668 or email for more information!

  15. by sean, on 08.01.12 @ 12:35 AM


    I was wondering if someone wanted to know the architectural style of a house and possible who the architect might be how would they go about doing it. Do you know anyone who could help me or could you direct me in the right way? I have a small video clip of the house if anyone can help me, just email me, Thanks.

  16. by boliglån sammenlign, on 01.14.13 @ 4:22 PM


    I’m very pleased to discover this page. I wanted to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to see new things in your blog.

  17. by Steve Heim, on 02.08.13 @ 1:29 PM


    It’s not a blog if you never update it.

  18. by Michael @ HHB, on 02.09.13 @ 10:18 AM


    Steve….You’re right, and I apologize! I returned to graduate school for historic preservation, and combined with my family and work obligations, I fear my blog content has been suffering as a result! I hope you’ll hang in there, though. I have several “drafts” of articles I’m working on. Just have to finish them up and get them published!
    – Michael @ HHB

  19. by Heather Lamp, on 02.12.13 @ 11:58 AM


    We are listing a historic mansion — currently used as B&B but also would be great private home — for sale in a not-so-great location. It’s in a small SC town that is struggling but is easy commute to Charlotte, NC. We’ve had tons of views on, virtual tour, private website, etc. However, we can’t get any buyers to come see it. Any suggestions?

    (here’s link to home’s website:

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  21. by Valencia, on 03.07.13 @ 7:34 PM


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  22. by Bonnie MacDonald, on 08.15.13 @ 9:01 PM


    I am contacting you for some advice/help.

    I have an historically registered fieldstone farmhouse, the original portion dating back to 1770. I want to convert the house to a B&B and mini-conference center by importing an antique barn, log house, summer kitchen and silo. An exciting project, I have a conceptual drawing and an overview of the business plan, if you’d be interested in seeing either.

    I have obtained all the necessary permissions to proceed with the project, as it falls within the boundaries of the historic overlay to the township zoning code.

    I want to have the (re)construction videoed/documented and followed by an interested resource … log home preservationists, a log and timber publication, etc.

    Could you suggest some direction?

  23. by Amy, on 08.28.13 @ 10:22 AM


    Hi! I’m making a list of blogs about historic houses for my blog. I want to include a link to your blog, and was wondering if I could include a picture to go with it. With your permission, could I use the photo of the Craftsman house that was featured in your post on 8/2/12? I will give you credit for the photo. Thanks!

  24. by Rob Galluscio, on 09.24.13 @ 2:04 PM


    Historic house in Hudson, NY about 8 mins outside the City of Hudson. The house can be dated back to around 1737 (The House still has a lot of the original hardware and floorboards intact and has features like an authentic Dutch Oven in the basement) and was lived in by the Rockefeller and Van Rensselaer families. In addition to the history of the house it also has 26 acres of beautiful farm land.

    Contact me if interested:

  25. by Jennifer Hardy, on 10.14.13 @ 8:46 PM


    Hello All,

    I am interested in craftsman style bungalows, authentic or not, and where, in the USA, they are clustered. I live in Brooklyn, NY and in my Ditmas Park neighborhood, we have some bungalows designed by an architect named Arlington Isham, I believe. We also have many four square homes, which I have learned were a popular small lot city version alternative to bungalows and have many of the characteristics of Arts and Crafts or Mission homes.

    I think it would be fun to crate a collection of photos of bungalow neighborhoods all over the US. I have only found one site on the web that does so, and it does not have any photos. I, would be delighted to ride around and photograph the bungalows and four squares I find in my vicinity. Please let me know if there is any interest.


  26. by Michael, on 10.16.13 @ 10:25 PM


    Hi Jennifer,

    I LOVE Craftsman-style architecture, especially bungalows. The greater percentage of them were built between 1910 and 1930, an explosive time for house building in the United States. So there are a LOT of Craftsman bungalows out there to be photographed. There are clusters of them even in small towns, like some of the villages where I lived in Ohio. Since there are a lot of people who love Craftsman bungalows (I feel like they have replaced Victorian houses as the most desirable to purchase and fix up), so I am guessing there are a lot of people out there doing what you’re talking about. And if you haven’t seen Rosemary Thornton’s books about Sears houses, you should check them out!

    –Michael @ HHB

  27. by Laraine Shape, on 12.05.13 @ 12:29 PM


    Michael I LOVE YOUR BLOG! It’s fabulous.

  28. by Michael, on 12.05.13 @ 7:41 PM


    Thanks Laraine! I will have to check out the Sears houses site!

  29. by Allen, on 12.08.13 @ 4:00 PM


    Great blog! Question…I have a lot of questions about a log home we bought and are restoring. It was built around 1870. Where can I go to get some answers? It’s located in
    Ohio. Thanks!

  30. by Brent Young, on 12.22.13 @ 1:00 AM


    We would love to speak with you about working with you and your blog. Please contact me at the

  31. by Mike Franklin, on 12.22.13 @ 1:14 PM


    Michael and David,

    Very cool blog. I thought you might want to check out some of the properties I work on that may be blog-worthy.


    In particular see really cool.


    Feel free to use photos. Prefer a link credit to


    Mike Franklin

  32. by Michael, on 12.27.13 @ 12:42 AM


    Hi Allen…

    Sorry for the delay! Log houses in Ohio are right up my alley (not sure if you saw my article about my dad’s). There is a really good book dedicated to the history of log buildings in Ohio. It’s older, and I think Donald Hutslar is the author, or maybe Wilhelm. Whoever it is, it’s a fantastic book about the old log houses/cabins of Ohio. Also, the NPS guide to restoring log cabins is good (and there is a reading list at the end of the page): I would love to see a pic or pics of your log house!

    Michael @HHB

  33. by virginia wagner, on 12.31.13 @ 11:17 PM


    Dear guys,
    Stumbled across your site and fell in love. I too have resurrected a condemned 1863 Greek Revival I-House in Breese,Il., back to her full glory. I did hire a historical preservationist from Springfield,Il to assist me. I am now looking to relocate to Virginia, and would like to find a historical diamond in the rough, well, maybe not as rough as the last. I am no a house flipper, we lived in our total renovation for 10 years. I cannot stomach anything newer than 1930 at the latest. Do you have any leads on property in need of historical rejuvenation in/around Richmond or Palmyra,Va. I do Civil war reenacting x15 yrs, and would like to live close to a battlefield to be able to pay my respects. I am a long time member of CWPT and so admire the constant fight they endure to help preserve these hallowed grounds. thanks so much,Virginia

  34. by Susan, on 01.26.14 @ 11:07 AM


    Michael, your blog is beautiful and full of fascinating information. I especially liked the post on Thomas Hubka’s book Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn. Madison, New Hampshire is a small rural town with almost fifty barns more than 100 years old. The Friends of Madison Library are sponsoring a fundraiser Old Barn Tour in July 2014 featuring 7 of these farms and barns, including EE Cummings’ barn at Joy Farm. Thanks for a great blog, I’ll add a link to it on our nascent site.

  35. by Susan, on 01.26.14 @ 11:10 AM


    Michael, I meant to add our site to my post.

    Plan a visit to Madison for the Tour, we’d love to meet you.

  36. by Michael@HHB, on 01.27.14 @ 9:49 PM


    Hi Susan…Thanks for the kind words. My wife and I stayed in Tamworth, NH when we got married in 2005, at Castle in the Clouds. I would absolutely love to tour the barns in Madison, but I’m afraid it would take some serendipity, since I live in Delaware now. That said, if I happen to be in New Hampshire visiting friends at that time, count me in! Especially to see ee cumming’s barn! Very cool! …Michael

  37. by Jason, on 03.06.14 @ 8:42 AM



    I have been visiting the site for a while but just recently noticed you are at the University of Delaware. I live in Middletown, DE. Every morning on my way to work I pass a UofD Cooperative farm on Marl Pit Rd, off 896, where a beautiful old farmhouse is slowly decaying. I put a link to the HABS survey of the property. I am writing to see if you or someone in the department might be interested in saving the place. It may be past saving; it has been neglected for many years. However, it is sad to see its slow demise. I would be happy to help in any way I can.



  38. by Michael, on 03.06.14 @ 8:54 AM


    Hi Jason,

    I drive down 896 everyday, too! Where is this house…to the right (east) or to the left (west)?

  39. by Jason, on 03.06.14 @ 8:42 AM

  40. by Jason, on 03.06.14 @ 9:45 AM


    If you are traveling north on 896, take a right on Marl Pit and the house will be on the left.

  41. by Jason, on 03.06.14 @ 11:31 PM


    It is east on Marl Pit from 896. It would be on the left hand side of Marl Pit.

  42. by Michael@HHB, on 03.13.14 @ 6:08 PM


    Hi Jason,

    I had a chance to drive by the house on Marl Pitt Road today. The property is called “Achmester,” was one of the “peach mansions,” and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned by New Castle County. I have heard that purchased it with the intention of razing the house and installing a sewer plant for Middletown, but those plans fell through. The Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD), where I work, documented the house a few years ago. But yes, seeing it today was discouraging. Multiple holes in the roof are a major threat to rapid deterioration, and that side porch is crumbling completely, as you know.

    Are you willing to coordinate with me in emailing New Castle County officials to raise the issue? I am interested in doing whatever I can. The property is a special one, and it’s sad to see it falling apart.

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