Ginger Bread House
The Ginger Bread House
Set on corner lot is in a rural community located three hours South West of Chicago and four hours North of St. Louis. It is centrally located between Peoria, IL and Moline, IL/Davenport, Iowa. The Oneida, IL home is in one of the best school districts in central IL. This is a great community to raise a family or to retire in. Train service to Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City with in fifteen minutes. Airports within 45 mins.
Listed on the National Register of Historical Homes. This 1853’s American Gothic home features original batten board siding.
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The Ginger Bread House
The fourteen room wood structure features batten board siding and gingerbread trim. This home’s interior features hard wood floors; one parquet, a fireplace, open curved stairway and one enclosed stairway which lead to the servant’s quarters. Many of the windows on the first floor are pained floor to ceiling. And the view from the inside overlooks wooded areas; giving this home much privacy in a peaceful setting.
Purington Brick fire place
Second floor features four bedrooms; two are 14’x16’ large, a setting area in the center. a large full bath with claw foot tub. Two small rooms in the servant’s quarters make excellent storage. Could be developed into an awesome 2 room Master Suit. Updated Electrical Service and much new wiring has recently been installed.
Lots of Ginger Bread trim
The main floor features a large entry which leads to the parlor, the large family room with fireplace or to the library. The three doors feature unique security locks from the 1800’s that secured the private from the servants. Beyond the parlor is a large formal dining room. Also in the main floor is the Kitchen with separate pantry, a office and laundry area. And outside the backdoor is a screened in porch which makes a delightful added dining area in the spring through fall. This room overlooks a shade covered patio.
Garage /Poll barn
Heated two stalls. Additional unheated stall will accommodate a motor home. Loft above for storage. Concrete floors. Separate utilities. 40X40
Sand Stone Foundation
Curved Walnut staircase
Floor to ceiling book shelves in Library
Nice sized dinning room with built in cupboards and Oak floors. Open to the LR. Great for entertaining.
The floor to ceiling windows in the Parlor make this a perfect room to read in. Overlooks the side yard and the grove of trees that gives this property much privacy. Pretty view year around.
|Heated Sq. Ft.
The structure is in very good shape, needs some foundation work under the existing kitchen. Central air conditioning and energy efficient furnace with an alternative heating source keeps winter bills low for this fourteen room home. New electrical service and much new wiring have been added. A separate service for the 40 x 40 partially heated pole barn/garage.
The servant’s quarters and summer kitchen regale history of the post slavery era and the rich history of the Underground Railroad in the area. Although no documentation has been found to the direct involvement of the homes usage in this movement, many rumors exist.
The old barn and carriage house has been replaced by a 40’ x 40’pole barn. Included within it are two heated garage stalls with automatic doors, a large bay that fit a motor home, a shop area, and a large loft with shelving for added above the garage portion is perfect for storage. Separate electrical service. Summer kitchen structure near back door makes a great potting shed or possible guest cottage.
The yard is amazing with its established perennial beds featuring over two hundred hostas of different varieties. Among the many trees are nine spring blooming varieties. And a small garden pond feature in the side yard adds to the abidance of the serene garden room. There are plenty of blooms from spring, to fall.
Archived in March, 2013
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