House

The house is two stories with a gable roof and a stone basement and approximately 2300 sq. feet.  The house was renovated at a later date to add the current kitchen and convert the existing kitchen into a full bath. It sits on a bit of an incline and looks down onto Maple Avenue.  A long, paved driveway cuts in front of the house and continues to a large courtyard, accessing three of the outbuildings. The exterior of the house is natural cedar clapboard with white trim though earlier in its history is was white clapboard. There is a wide wraparound porch with white columns in the front and the south side.

The wood front door is original to the home. It has two side by side, frosted arched windows and an old door bell sits just below the windows. Stepping through the front door into the entrance hall is like taking a step into Shelton’s past. An oak staircase with a large newel and ball finial rises to the left. To the right one enters the sitting room through a wide entrance with double oak pocket doors.   On the left is a doorway to the library and a doorway to the dining room is directly ahead.

All the downstairs doors are six panel oak with classic black porcelain door knobs and ornate bronze or cast iron door hinges. The doors and windows have 5 inch oak casing moldings with corner rosettes. The floors are pine with the exception of the dining room’s wide plank 12½ inch chestnut floor which is believed to be original to the house. All rooms have 8 ½ inch oak base moldings. Matching double oak pocket doors lead from the entrance hall to the sitting room and from the sitting room to the dining room.

The large, sunny, country kitchen has been updated with white Shaker style cabinets, black quartz countertop, stainless steel appliances and a linoleum (yes, real linseed linoleum) floor. It has enough room to for a long kitchen table. The kitchen has an exterior back door and an open doorway reveals narrow staircase that leads to the rear upstairs hall.

The basement is divided into two rooms and the door leading into the smaller room is heavy wood with iron hardware. The exposed beams in the ceiling are chestnut. The wooden door leading to outside has the markings of the Hubbell Distiller.

The upstairs has four bedrooms and a full bath. The floors are tulip, chestnut and pine. All the upstairs doors are wooden with six-panels with classic black porcelain door knobs and ornate brass or cast iron door hinges. The moldings are painted and less ornate the downstairs. The upstairs bathroom is purportedly the first indoor bathroom in White Hills. It was definitely an addition to the original floor plan as it sits above the front porch.

The attic has standing headroom, a wood tongue and groove floor, and the oldest windows of the house. The post and beam construction of the house is evident with rough hewn beams, bark covered logs, and pegged mortise and tenon construction. It is predominantly hand hewn chestnut as are the barns. The roof has been re-sheathed but the original chestnut planks are still there.