n 1620, the Pilgrims, a name later associated with travelers to the New World, made their way across the Atlantic Ocean for religious freedom and a chance to rule themselves. With them were merchant families seeking commercial opportunities in an unexplored land.
Attempting to reach the mouth of the Hudson River, they quickly realized they had drifted hundreds of miles off-course, landing at a place now called Cape Cod, only to sail across the bay to modern-day Plymouth.
On December 4, nearly one month after arriving at the unintended destination, Peregrine White became the first English child born to settlers; he was delivered aboard the Mayflower while at anchor off the coast. His birth and his life are significant, as evidence of his first cradle and his will, protected by the Pilgrim Museum’s hallowed halls in Plymouth to this day.
White lived for 83 years—8 months, making Marshfield, Massachusetts, his final resting place in 1704.
Records show that descendants of White came to Tiverton, Rhode Island, 80 plus years later, cleared a parcel of land, and built what is now a historic home on a hill overlooking Nonquit Pond, a short distance from the equally special 4-Corners district.
It was 1790 when construction began, the same year newly elected President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address and Benjamin Franklin died.
Since that time, nine generations of Whites lived in this historic home; eight were born on the property. Over time, surnames changed due to marriage, with the last two generations living there under the name Hart.
In 1976, Michelle and Ed Fisher purchased the property and began working on their vision for the homestead.
Over the years, the couple reclaimed the briar-ridden fields and manicured the lawn. They planted vegetable and flower gardens and rebuilt the 5 foot ancient stone walls. A host of trees were added, including Hollies, Cherry, and Sycamores.
In 1984, the two story post and beam gambrel workshop was erected; 10 years later, a two story, three bay, Dutch Colonial garage was added to the property, offering a long list of options for a new family.
The Fisher’s work did not end there; comprehensive restoration and renovations continued in the main house, including the addition of 12/12 windows, beaded clapboards, and a cedar-shingled roof.
Other interior updates were infused into the historic home, such as crown moldings, raised panel wainscoting, and period fireplace surroundings.
The alluring Colonial sits upon 3.5 pastoral acres and is surrounded by more than 500-acres of protected conservation land. Peace, tranquility, and wildlife abound, an ideal location for raising children.
Meticulously maintained, the upscale farm offers an impressive and sophisticated lifestyle for buyers who seek independence and privacy. In proximity to fine dining, dramatic lookouts, marine access, and land that has been preserved for hundreds of years, no location is more desirable than South Tiverton—considered part—or at least—on the fringe of the highly valued area known as the SouthCoast.
The antique home’s unmatched character and charm exemplify its centuries of importance, while today, it offers an impressive and sophisticated lifestyle for buyers who seek independence and privacy.
Tapping into the home’s origins, a new family will be pleasantly surprised—even awe-struck, by the near-perfect condition of the matched stained and aesthetically appealing grey painted wide plank floors. Accented by freshly painted trimming, original fireplace hearths, and other period details, living here would be quite satisfying.
Entertaining family and guests will create memorable experiences. Open and airy, the country kitchen flows to a large dining room with a butlers kitchen, spacious formal and informal living rooms, along with dual access to the second level comprised of three bedrooms and a bonus room by way of two stairwells. The floor plan offers an authentic and calming sense of family throughout.
Remarkably, the home is facing south, allowing fabulous light to illuminate the interior while adding warmth and comfort wherever you find yourself.
4398 Main Road in Tiverton could be described as one of the most structurally sound antique homes available on the market today. Its condition results from a family who took care and maintenance seriously and is now willing to pass on their life’s work.
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