How often do I get to say, “I spent three wonderful hours touring and photographing a 226 year old house that was part of the Underground Railroad”? This historic 1780s farmhouse in Hampton, 15 minutes from Lawrenceville, is for sale. It’s offered by Coldwell Banker agent Debbie Platts. Also for sale are the contents – buyer gets first dibs of course. If you ask me, it’s a steal. I’ve been daydreaming about the possibility of living here myself – not likely at this juncture, but one can dream. The original structure was the homestead of John Walter, a Revolutionary War veteran who was buried on the farm before it was parceled out to make room for more homes. The house was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. The current owners, Jo-Ann & Andy Travis, have lived there for 15 years and are selling in order to downsize. Jo-Ann is a local antiques dealer who owns Farm Fresh Antiques in Wexford. She clearly loves the home and has outfitted it perfectly – which is why her design selections should stay with the house if possible. I am asking you, the reader, to buy this house and what’s inside, and invite me over for Christmas. Please?
This spear was found in the cellar walls and is believed to have been left there by slaves from the Underground Railroad. Jo-Ann explains that homeowners would hang quilts with a particular pattern on the outside of a house, so the home could be recognized as a safe house.
vintage Pittsburgh area bus boards – these are available for anyone to purchase via Farm Fresh Antiques – I was lucky to leave with the one on the bottom left
photos – Kelly Carter
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