Feather Hill, an Italianate farmhouse and barn built in 1840, is listed for sale at 195 Beckwith Ave. in Southold.
With this 19th-century duo comes a slice of Southold history. It is believed that Godfrey Hahn, the original owner, built the house and barn in its Italianate architectural style. The Hahn family came from Germany to Boston Harbor, then crossed the Sound and settled in Southold.
Jane Paoli, a certified appraiser and antique restorer, recently restored the house and left a plaque outside detailing its backstory. She explains that the name “Feather Hill” refers to large groups of geese and ducks that used to gather behind the barn when there was a babbling brook there in the 1800’s.
The property has been deemed “historically and aesthetically significant” by several organizations over the years, including Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, which listed it as the “Macombe House” in 1986; the Landmark Society, which appraised it in 2000; and the Southold Historical Society, which says it was the home of T. Bucci until 1999.
The farmhouse has a charming light blue, creme, and burgundy exterior with a low and narrow porch cornering the front and side entrances. The large barn on the property is unfinished and could be used for storage, an art studio, office, or garage space.
There are a total of seven rooms in the house, including three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a formal dining room, as well as a partial, unfinished basement. The home’s charm comes from its fine, custom moldings and other details across many of the walls. Plus, the living room space has a large, built-in china closet.
Feather Hill is located in the heart of Southold’s business district, close to transportation and shopping on the main road.
The asking price is $775,000, not including the annual property tax of $5,363.
The real estate agent listed for the property is Scott Bennett, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who can be reached at 631-354-8100.
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