Forge Hill – A Circa 1785 Stone Farmhouse
This stone Farmhouse, nestled in the side of a hill on nearly 4 scenic acres, sits adj to 500 acres of woods owned by Natural Lands Trust & Middletown Twp Open Space, offers spacious rms, wide plank hrdwd flrs, & lrg wndws w/deep sills. The org house was built circa 1785 & purchased by Joseph Thatcher, who owned a tilt mill by Chester Crk & lived in the home w/his family. In 1901 George Wood, the founder of Wawa Dairy purchased the home as part of hundreds of acres. Upon his death in 1926, the home was given to his youngest daughter, Dorothea, who extensively restored & “modernized” the org house, adding a lrg addition which incl more BRs, BAs, a Kit, closets, & a 2-car Gar. Forge Hill was renovated by architects & master craftsmen to retain the history so the addition is seamless unlike some 18th century homes where the additions do not work together. From 2008 to present those improvements incl: 40 yr thick cedar roof, copper gutters, flashing & rm installed in 2008. All chimneys re-pointed & capped w/slate-energy conservation, 33 Pella Architectural; divided light high-perfrmnc wndws w/invisible screens, 3 Pella Glass Strm Drs, 4 BAs renovated w/prem historically sensitive period esthetics w/modern water conservation fxtrs, 2018 New Geothermal ht pump w/high efficiency boiler hybrid system, New air handling units incl high velocity syst, Skylights on porch rf to incr natural daylight in LR & DR, Vermont green slate flrs in kit, 1 BR & foyer. All flrs refin 2017 incl orgin random width planked pine in several rms. All plmb renov done w/copper/cast iron. Well wtr w/wtr conditioning, filtration & UV trt. Rev osmosis drinking wtr syst, LED lighting t/o incl recessed lighting, 2017 Tigerwood Maple prch flr, DEP certified oil tank closure/concrete filled. Matching boxlock hrdwr on org drs, 5 frpls w/gas frpl in LR; MBR w/sitting/dressing rm & MBR newly renovated w/marble twin vanity & curbless shwr. Closet systems in MBR/BA closets, 3 add’l BRs all newly painted & flrs refinished. All BRs newly insulated, 4 full BAs-all newly renovated 1 w/refinished claw ft tub, Lrg lndry rm w/vintage lndry tub, ample storage cabinets, butcher blk cnters & wonderful morning light. Game Rm features brk flr & stucco walls w/open beam ceiling perfect for pool. A bar w/ sink & refrig in the crnr opening into the Flower Rm where Dorothea raised her prized orchids; wndws w/deep sills. Forge Hill offers priv wooded living in close proximity to local amenities and GVSD.