FSBO Completely Renovated Farmstead
Majestic country home is bright and spacious. Built for Richmond pioneer Dr. Cyrus Chipman. This historic move-in ready home has beautiful views on 7.6 acres.
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This historic home is move-in ready. You’ll love the charm of shining hdwd flrs, 10ft.ceilings, gorgeous moldings, open kitch & balcony, Mstr ste/bath + 1st fl laundry. All new energy efficient windows, roof, septic and more! Tons of storage/space with full walk-out basement, walk-up attic, & 2 huge barns. It's private, peaceful – 6 miles to Honeoye lake and less than 30 to Roch Two huge barns provide storage for cars, tractors and anything else you can think of.
School and Town Info
The house is served by the Honeoye Central School District. It is a public school district that teaches about 619 students in 86 square miles in the hamlet of Honeoye and the town of Richmond. It is located on one campus with a staff of 227 (140 instructional personnel and 87 support staff). The average class size is 17 students (all grades) with each graduating class having an average of 45 students. The student-teacher ratio is 10:1 and the District's 91% graduation rate far exceeds the State standard of 55%.
Honeoye is a part of Section V, currently Class D. Honeoye recently won Sectionals in Volleyball and Cross Country for their 2014 season. Honeoye Cross Country has won the league championship 3 years in a row, 2012-14 Their baseball team won Section V, western regionals and made a trip to the final four state championships in 2008. Girls Basketball did the same in 2006.
Bloomfield is a town, in Ontario County, New York. While the house has a mailing address of Bloomfield, the local government is established in the hamlet of Honeoye (3 miles south) and is administered by the town of Richmond. There are about a dozen communities that are served by the town of Richmond. Honeoye is on the western border of the county.
The population of the area is about 3,361 at the 2010 census, and the summer season swells that to about 4,500. It’s located in the lovely finger lakes region and is a popular destination. Honeoye Lake is just a few minutes away from the house.
Our house is located 16 miles from Eastview Mall and 26 miles from Marketplace Mall.
If you’ve ever been to a Wegmans grocery store, you’ll know why it’s famous. While there is a grocery store in town, the closest Wegmans is only 14 miles away in lovely Canandaigua.
The area is rich with things to do including skiing at nearby Bristol Mountain and enjoy wine tasting throughout the finger lakes.
Built for Dr. Cyrus Chipman
The house was constructed by Lewis Morey for Dr. Cyrus Chipman around 1803. Dr. Cyrus Chipman served in the Connecticut militia during the Revolution. He was a physician, beginning his practice about 1786 in Pawlet, Vermont, where his brother Lemuel (also a doctor) lived. In 1795, at age thirty-four, he came to Richmond with his wife, three young daughters, and much of his extended family. While living here he served as president of the medical society of Ontario County. He moved to Oakland County Michigan in 1821, where, as one of the earliest settlers of Pontiac, he continued to practice medicine.
This 3,312 sq ft home is pretty large for today’s standards. Imagine its grandiose size and scale during the 1800’s. It must have been absolutely amazing! Some have said the farm was approximately 1000 acres when first established. The house contained three chimney's (one was removed) with a total of 6 or 7 fireplaces on the 1st and 2nd stories, with another 2 on the ground or basement floor, along with a large beehive oven for baking. Back then, kitchens were quite hot and very dangerous. It was not uncommon to have them out of the main living area, in this case the basement. Imagine trying to chop enough wood to heat the house through the winter! There were servants quarters in the basement as evidenced by a fireplace and brick wall (now removed). Also, if you take the stairs from the kitchen up to the 2nd floor, you’ll find what was likely a servant's bedroom (what is now the children's/guest bathroom).
The house has two sister homes that were built by Mr. Morey at approximately the same time. One is 6505 on Route 5 and 20, near the intersection of Route 20A; the other is the Reed Homestead on Reed Road. The Reed house was built in 1803 for Philip Reed (for $400 in labor, $50 in cash, and the balance in good cattle, wheat, and pork!) You can see the same design theme running through all three homes: federal style symmetrical brick construction, two stories with 5 windows across the front, a fanlight over the front door and a simple cornice.
There is a local history book, detailing local people and their homes: “History of Ontario County”, compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich, edited by George S. Conover (1893). It's interesting to note that not only do the Reed house and this house have much in common, so do the families that had them built. Philip Reed was Chipman’s brother-in-law. Also, Cyrus Chipman's daughter married a Reed and it appears maybe a few others of the families intermarried as well.
Dr. Chipman sold his home in 1819 with 353 acres.
As we move into the 20th century, the grand estate gradually shrunk as parcels were sold. It operated for quite a long time as a very well regarded dairy farm before it closed. I was lucky enough to meet a number of local older folks who recalled fond memories of visiting the farm and slipping into a spring fed, concrete watering trough behind the quonset hut. They said that it was so large it looked like a swimming pool.
The kids from the neighborhood had very different memories; they told of having week long paintball battles in the hills east of the farm! Deer are plentiful and the farm is visited by many species of birds traveling to and from their summer and winter homes. The farm was seized for tax delinquency and sold to a trio of current neighbors. They are wonderful people who spent a great deal of time and effort cleaning out the main house and the grounds, preparing it for sale in 2008 when we purchased the property.
Award Winning Renovation
My wife and I purchased the farm in 2008 and I began the long journey of renovating nearly every single surface.
Demolition and clean up
First came demolition and clean up of the land; 6 buildings of various sizes were torn down and the grounds were cleared of all debris. Next came the main house with a new roof first on the list. Then came the demolition of all the crumbling plaster, old wiring, tumbledown walls and rotted plumbing. This turned out to be a MUCH larger job than initially thought.
With the demo completed, all new windows were installed throughout the entire house and a perimeter stud wall was constructed to contain insulation, plumbing, wiring and heating vents. The area that is now the kitchen required significant repairs to the floor joist as well, due to removal of the back chimney.
A new well was dowsed and dug by a local contractor; the flow is very good. The water is iron rich, requiring treatment before use. The incoming water is treated and softened prior to being allowed into the house, where a 95% efficient propane furnace and hot water heater then provides heat and hot water.
A septic system was designed, approved and installed with the leach field located on the lower lawn behind the main house. The tank was buried in the hillside and the tank lid is near the small boulder by the tree. There are two waste plumbing stacks that service the house, one for the master bath and kitchen, the other for the kids/guest bath and the utility room.
The most significant departure from the original building would be the addition of a front and side porch and a rear balcony. The front of the house needed a porch to break up the vertical expanse of brick and provide some much needed shade in the summer. There was a decayed concrete pad with no roof, which was added many years after the home was built, but it had cracked and heaved to such an extent that it was not worth repairing. Instead, a new porch was designed, in the correct federal style, with copies of the existing trim made and applied. The same concrete pad construction was used for the side porch and it was also too far gone to repair, so a wooden porch was constructed with stairs to the driveway. The rear balcony and sliding glass door is a lovely addition. You’ll enjoy sitting there and taking in the sun with a beautiful view of the hills.
Things really seemed to be rolling as the plastering contractors took over the interior work. They skillfully repaired the damaged plaster and married that work to the newly hung drywall on the perimeter. A couple of coats of paint and the place began to look like a home. Once that was done, a long period of plumbing and lighting fixtures, kitchen cabinets and decorative wall board installation commenced. Great care was taken to reproduce, as closely as possible, the various pieces of trim which were unique to each room. You might be interested to know that almost all of the trim in the front half of the house was disassembled, stripped as completely as possible, repaired with new pieces where necessary and reinstalled. It is hard for anyone to tell the difference between the new and old trim.
All the flooring in the front of the house was completely refurbished. Two centuries of paint, coatings and coverings were removed from the floors and all enjoyed a thorough sanding, stain and topcoat. The work that went into bringing them back to their present state is beyond expensive! The wood for the floors in the master bedroom and both parlors on the first floor is a type of resinous red pine. It was extremely difficult to prepare and required two weeks of sanding to get it ready for a stain and topcoat. The blue bedroom and the upper foyer have a softer white pine for the floor. The big mystery floor is the lower foyer; it might be chestnut or white oak, nobody is really sure except that it looks great! The floor of the kitchen and dining area is white oak. It is an engineered floor that will stand up to tough treatment for years to come. The back bedrooms and hallway as well as the utility room are snaplock flooring, simple to clean and durable.
Barns / Garage / Workshop
With the house ready for sale, attention was turned to the barns. Again, much debris was removed and a great deal of work went into bringing them back to their current state. Foundations were strengthened, new supports installed, flooring fixed and a new metal roof added to the middle barn. I chose not to tear down the small workshop and garage next to the main house. This building might be desirable to save so that decision will pass to the new owners.
This home has great opportunity for the next owners to ‘make it their own’. The kitchen is large enough to add an island or a large table. We did not install kitchen appliances so that the new owners could choose what they like given all the options available these days.
Also, the future owners have the choice of restoring the original fireplaces or instead adding gas inserts.
The land and barns provide great potential for the new owners lifestyle. Organic farming, raising animals or a studio for woodworking, painting, pottery are just a few options.
I love this property and it is my fervent wish that it goes to someone who will love and appreciate it as much as I do. As a history buff, I regularly read about various events from long ago and wonder, " how old was my house when that happened?" My neighbor laughs when he tells me the house shines like a new copper penny as the setting sun hits it in the evening. I like to think that my preservation efforts help it shine just a bit brighter. :)
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