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New Jersey log cabin from 17th century, oldest in Western Hemisphere, listed for sale

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The owner of a Gloucester County log cabin, considered one of the oldest log cabins in the world, has put it up for sale again. This time it’s priced at $475,000.

The Nothnagle Log Home at 406 Swedesboro Road in Greenwich was built by Finnish settlers around 1638 with most of the original logs still intact. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes his two-story home attached to the original cabin in 1738, providing approximately 1,800 square feet of living space.

The property also has a machine shop, shed and 4 car garage on the 1.3 acre lot. There are several 100 foot tall trees in the yard.

Doris Link and her late husband Harry purchased the property from relatives in 1968. Over the years, the couple kept artifacts typical of the period in the shed and occasionally welcomed members of the public for tours. Property guests include ambassadors, legislators, governors, archaeologists, and historians who have come to study the cabin.

the link said NJ.com She’s looking for a buyer who will put as much care and work into the property as she and her husband have done over the last few decades. Construction methods used ridge posts and diced logs with interlocking dovetails at the ends. It’s held on with a wooden pin.

“I want to put it in the hands of someone who is capable, loving, and willing to do as much work as my husband and I have had over the years.

The photos inside the cabin included in the Weichert New Brunswick listing are like a gateway to colonial life in America. considered to be the oldest. It was built just 18 years after the European Pilgrims first landed in New England in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The cabin itself is 352 square feet.

The Rinks put the property on the market for $2.9 million in 2015, but the asking price dropped significantly after subsequent listings failed to find a buyer. This property was last listed for $750,000 in 2021.

Margaret Westfield, historical architect and conservation consultant previously told NJ.com If no private buyer shows up, the property will benefit from being acquired by a local, county, or state official. The listing states that a subdivision or the addition of another building to the property may be an option for the purchaser.

The attached home has a kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom.

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