NEW SHARON – Built in 1840 by the proprietor of a chair-making shop on the nearby Sandy River, the Sumner Gove House has a history neatly bookended by its present owners, one of whom is a master craftsman of Windsor chairs.

His workshop, the pretty little building in the huge back law/meadow of this 2.7-acre lot, was once the town schoolhouse. It was moved here in 1985, seven years after the sellers bought the house, and immediately began a thorough, sensitive restoration.

Nearly every year since has seen significant updates and improvements. (The list covers more than three pages.) In 1986, the original shed/summer kitchen was transformed into a study/family room that expanded the home to 1,800 square feet. Another highlight is the 12-foot-by-16-foot screened porch, a haven for dining and relaxing in fine weather since 2002.

Throughout the house, from the family room’s end wall of built-ins to the first-floor bathroom’s vessel-sink vanity or the kitchen cabinetry, woodwork is either custom-crafted to enhance the home’s period character; or repurposed, or original – e.g., the lovely rustic door that opens to the second of two walk-in attics.

Improvements also include scrupulous, efficiency-minded maintenance, such as a new furnace and blown-in insulation in 2012, and a new metal roof on the barn in 2011. There are two wood stoves. This year has seen a new dine-in-kitchen floor and a new Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, stainless to complement the five-burner gas range.

A first-floor master bedroom, formerly the parlor, makes single-level living an option.


The village-setting location is minutes to Farmington, and an easy commute to Augusta and environs.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home at 28 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon, is listed at $219,000 by Alexis Scott of Better Homes & Gardens The Masiello Group (Augusta  office).

Brokers, please note that a Broker Open House will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Alexis at 458-2184 or at [email protected].

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