The Anthony Yelverton House in the Ulster County hamlet of Highland is pegged as the oldest still-standing wooden house in all of the county, and now it’s on the market for $89,000. If you can’t see the blue historical site sign, it says:
“1754 historic site on state and national registers. Sawmill, brickyard and store. Slaves sculled his ferry across Hudson.”
Intriguing, no? So, who is this Anthony Yelverton whose ferry was sculled by slaves? Turns out, his dad was a judge in Poughkeepsie, and in the mid-18th century, Yelverton came across the Hudson River and settled near the point where the Twaalfskill Creek meets the river to build a sawmill. But that’s not all he did. He also built this house, which housed the town of Lloyd’s first retail store. He also built a brickyard so he could use bricks in his house. Here’s more historical intrigue: Apparently, his ferry capsized in the Hudson between Highland and Poughkeepsie, and a number his slaves drowned. Legend has it that those slaves were buried behind this house. We love both the history and the interior of this property, which sits on a quarter-acre. Here’s what we’re not crazy about: The Yelverton House is right across the street from the sewer treatment plant. Not quite the view we were hoping for. House needs some TLC.
Square Feet: 1,510
Lot Size: .25 acres