On the Market / A Silvermine gem in sits on former mill land in New Canaan
NEW CANAAN — The guardrails along the Merritt Parkway are made of steel-backed timber rather than galvanized steel to blend into the landscape of the historic limited access parkway, which is designated a National Scenic Byway and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.
Almost a century ago logs processed at the Buttery Barn and Mill along the Silvermine River in New Canaan were converted into guardrails for the Merritt Parkway when it was under construction through Norwalk and New Canaan in the late 1930s. According to published documents from the Historic American Buildings Survey, that was the last major job undertaken by the mill. Shortly thereafter it was irreparably damaged by the great flood of 1955, although it limped along until it finally closed in the 1950s.
The Buttery Barn still stands and is part of the property at 207 Mill Road that is currently on the market. The nearly two-thirds of an acre property, comprising two parcels in the Silvermine section of town, includes the vintage barn, an updated antique colonial stone and clapboard house, and a guest cottage. The barn, which has a walnut roof, sits along the river across the street from the main house and is still utilitarian, although the owners also use it for entertaining. It has a fire pit and a screened casual dining area. One of the former stalls with a trough is set up as a beverage bar. Inside, there is a workshop and workbench area.
According to published documentation provided by the listing agent the Buttery Mill “was reputed to be the oldest mill in continuous operation in the United States, running for almost 250 years.” The mill was built in 1688 and was used by the community to cut wood, and grind corn and grain. The existing barn is not the original but the 19th century restored structure was a hit with artists and photographers who often captured it in their respective mediums.
The house is also visually appealing. It sits up on a hill and has a turret and a welcoming covered porch that goes the length of the 4,792-square-foot house, which was built in 1860 but has received many recent improvement including new mechanicals, roof, and kitchen upgrades and structural repair of the barn. A bluestone patio is located on one side of the house by the turret. At the other end there is another patio accessed from a door in the family room. Another door leads to the front porch.
In the family room there is fireplace with a decorative mantel, and four skylights. The formal living has a wall of built-in cabinetry and shelving. In addition to the formal dining room, which has paneling on the lower walls, there is casual seating at the breakfast bar in the kitchen as well as a breakfast nook with a rounded wall of windows. Features in the kitchen include Carrara marble counters, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, a Viking Professional six-burner range with a grill, Liebherr refrigerator, and three large picture windows.
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Because of its vintage this house has a number of interesting nooks and crannies including a recessed desk area.
On the second floor the master bedroom suite has a dressing room and a sitting area with views of the river. The sitting area has a tall, octagonal ceiling and the master bath has a two-story cathedral ceiling with two skylights, a soaking tub, and shower. There are two more bedrooms on the second floor and in the finished attic there is a room that could be used as a bedroom if necessary. It can also be a playroom.
A bluestone path lined in Belgium block on the side of the house is attractively landscaped and leads to stairs behind the house where the cottage is located. The cottage has a large wood deck and inside it has a living room with a fireplace and skylights. The kitchen has stone counters. There is also a bedroom, a second bedroom or office with track lighting, and a screened porch. The full bath has white ceramic subway tile on the walls and a skylight.
This property is a commuters dream. It is close to the centers of three towns - New Canaan, Norwalk, and Wilton, and it has easy access to main traveling arteries.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Updated Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 207 Mill Road
FEATURES: 0.63-acre level and sloping property, river views, walk to water, historic vintage barn, guest cottage, covered front porch, bluestone patio and a crushed stone patio, one fireplace, proximity to the Fowler Preserve and Silvermine Market, close to the Silvermine Art Center, convenient to the centers of three towns, detached two-car garage, zoned central air conditioning, attic, full partially finished basement, stone walls, three/four bedrooms in the main house, two full and one half baths in the main house
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Anne H Krieger at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-984-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.