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Property Details: Colonial Hill, Circa 1840
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Property Information
Colonial Hill, Circa 1840
316 E. Cross Main Street
New Castle, KY
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Price: $699,900
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 3
Square Feet: 6,434
Lot Description/Acreage:
15 acres
Year Built:
1840
Architectural Style:
Colonial Revival
(c.1880-1955)
 
Contact Information
Name: The Mawood Mercier Group
Agency: RE/MAX 100
Phone: 502-445-6914 or 502-558-7513
Fax: 502-896-1785
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Property History
Daniel P. Brannin built the Greek Revival style house circa 1840. The exact date of construction is unknown as at the time it was built, Henry was still part of Shelby County. Only later was Henry county separated from Shelby County so the original deeds should be on file in Shelby county. Daniel P. Brannin reportedly had moved from the New Orleans area to escape the yellow fever epidemic. The original estate only consisted of approximately 28 acres, which is a small tract of land relative to the size of the house. The Brannin family hosted many noted people in their home, including presidential candidate James G. Blaine.

The house was purchased by Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in 1867. He was a good friend of General Robert E. Lee and was also the last general to surrender in the Civil War. Later General E.Kirby Smith directed a military school on the grounds, Western Military Academy. An epidemic of cholera ended the early success of the school after which the barracks were burned. General Edmund Kirby Smith then moved to Sewanee, TN to become a professor of mathematics at the University of the South, where he later retired. Remnants of the foundations of the school barracks can still be seen.

The house was sold to W.B. Oldham and later to Mr. Harvey Ellis. Colonial Hill was later acquired by Judge Ben Hill, father of Harry Hill. In 1933, the property was purchased by James Lee and Emmabelle Stambaugh, the grandparents of the current owner. They lived out their lives at Colonial Hill until 1993 when it was acquired by the current owner. Since that time the house has been completely restored to its original glory yet modernized with new electric service and wiring to bring it up to code, all new copper plumbing, and dual central heat and air systems.

The house is classic Greek Revival style. All of the brick used to build the house were fired on the property. The four front columns are original to the home and are fluted with Ionic capitals. The door casings in the front hall are replicas of the entrance way to the “Porch of Maidens” of the Erechtheum which stands on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. There are also many architectural features involving the number 13 which commemorates the thirteen original colonies. The exterior as well as the interior walls are 13 inches thick, (which is actually 3 bricks thick covered by horse hair plaster.) There are 13 steps to the first landing of the front staircase, hallways are 13 feet wide, all ceilings are 13 feet high and the panes of glass in the windows are 13 inches wide. The house is National Register eligible due to both the architectural style and association with important historical figures / events (home of Civil War General E. Kirby Smith.)

There are 31 large windows (measuring 4 feet wide by 8 feet tall). The shutters and windows are all original and many still contain the original panes of glass. The windows have been protected with the addition of custom-made low-profile storm windows. All ten rooms measure 20 feet by 20 feet and have a fireplace. Three have been retrofitted with gas logs to simulate the original ambience of working fireplaces. The hardwood floors are poplar and are original to the house.

One of the most treasured aspects of Colonial Hill is that the walls of the main hallway are adorned with a beautiful wallpaper which simulates a hand painted mural. This wallpaper is an original scenic, block printed mural made by the Zuber wallpaper company of Paris. The wallpaper was imported for the house by the Ellis family over 100 years ago. The wallpaper, entitled “Eldorado”, was designed in the late 1800’s by three French artists and depicts scenes from Egypt, Babylon and Byzantine influences. This particular design was hand printed using over 1500 wooden blocks, as a separate block is used for each color. The wallpaper was meticulously restored by a professional historic wallpaper conservator in 2004.
 
Property Description
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the discriminating buyer who appreciates the History of Kentucky. Welcome to Colonial Hill, a Circa 1840 solid brick 6400+ Sq. Ft. Historic Mansion situated on 15 rolling, partially cleared and partially treed acres in New Castle, Kentucky of which approximately 10 acres is zoned Agricultural and can be used for horses, chickens, gardens, etc. This grand home is a show stopper and has been in the seller’s family since 1933. The home has been used as a single-family residence to raise numerous generations of families and its most recent use has been an owner-occupied Bed & Breakfast and then Airbnb rooms. Most all of the original rooms measure 20’ X 20’ (view attached floor plan for more accurate dimensions). Originally built by Daniel P Brannin when the property was in Shelby County, prior to the establishment of Henry County. It is believed that many notable people were hosted in this home including presidential candidate James G. Blaine. The house was purchased by General Edmund Kirby Smith in 1867. Believed Historical Facts of the property are available upon request. The home is a classic Greek Revival style. All of the brick used to build the house were supposedly fired on the property. The four front columns are original to the home and are fluted with Iconic capital. The door casings in the front hall are replicas of the “Porch of Maidens” of the Erechtheum which stands on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. There are also many architectural features involving the number 13 which commemorates the thirteen original colonies. The exterior as well as the interior walls are 13 inches thick, which is actually 3 bricks thick covered with horse hair plaster. There are 13 steps to the first landing of the front staircase, hallways are 13 feet wide, all ceilings are 13 feet high and the panes of the glass in the windows are 13” wide. There are 31 windows measuring 4’ X 8’, most with original panes of glass. The windows have been protected with the addition of custom-made low-profile storm windows and the original shutters have been restored and are all in place. From the grand front porch, you will enter the immense entry foyer that runs from the front to rear of the home with the exquisite original main staircase still intact. At the rear of the foyer under the staircase is a doorway that leads to the 646 Sq. Ft. covered rear porch overlooking the beautiful grounds. There are two formal front parlors flanking the foyer, both with fireplaces w/gas logs to simulate the original ambience of working fireplaces and offer period lighting fixtures. Behind the front right parlor is another 20’ X 20’ room which would make a glorious formal dining room that also offers a fireplace with gas log insert and another period chandelier. Behind the left front parlor, a custom kitchen has been created with white cabinetry, granite counter tops, a center island with breakfast bar along with a built-in corner banquet (with storage under the built-in seating) for informal dining and a decorative original fireplace. The kitchen offers white appliances including double convection ovens, Jenn-Air down draft gas cooktop, double door refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave cubby and drop-down recipe cady. The cabinetry has pull out drawers, a pantry, under & over mounted lighting and a lazy susan. Behind the kitchen is the entrance to the basement and a quaint inn-keepers’ bedroom (with original brick fireplace) and a full bath with pedestal sink and walk-in shower. This bedroom opens to the covered 1st floor porch as well. Up the grand original staircase to the 2nd floor where you will find the expansive 2nd floor landing with 4 additional bedrooms (3 of which boast decorative original fireplace mantels). There is the “Lilac room”, the “Ivy room” & the “Rose room”, all decorated with tastefully appropriate colors. At the rear of the 2nd floor landing you will find an additional wing which offers 2 full baths, a laundry room, an office and another generous bedroom. The center hall of the 2nd floor & the rear most bedroom open to the 2nd floor covered porch (646 Sq. Ft.) that overlooks the beautiful natural rolling landscape with mature trees and pasture land that’s perfect for morning coffee or evening nightcaps. That’s not all though, there is a 3rd floor accessed by a ship ladder staircase that offers additional living space for the young at heart and has unlimited uses with 3 different grouping areas totaling an additional 710 Sq. Ft. Most of the home displays original poplar flooring, plaster crown molding and picture rails. The foyer displays one of the most incredible aspects of this home being the scenic, block printed wall paper, entitled the “Eldorado” which is a mural made by the Zuber wallpaper company of Paris. This paper was imported for the home by the Ellis family over 100 years ago, and was designed in the late 1800’s by 3 French artists depicting scenes influenced by Egypt, Babylon and Byzantine. The design was hand printed using over 1500 wooden blocks, as a separate block was used for each color. This paper was meticulously restored by a professional historic wallpaper conservator in 2004. The home has hard wired, interconnected smoke alarms with centralized battery backup for maximum safety. This magical home also offers a basement with interior and exterior entrances with approximately 1280 Sq. Ft. that houses an additional laundry facility and a “mudroom” shower for the outdoor lovers plus two additional rooms with concrete floors that could accommodate recreational, hobby or workout rooms. A detached garage that has short overhead height could accommodate 1-2 cars (depending on size) plus an additional enclosed room that’s perfect for storage or tac gear. There is also a massive pole barn on the property for your equestrian or storage needs. The possibilities of this one-of-a-kind property are endless. Close proximity to interstate I-71 & I-64, with tourist attractions of Smith-Berry Vineyard & Winery, The Wendell Berry Center & The Little Kentucky River Winery.
 
Additional Notes
Presently Colonial Hill is open to the public for lodging via Airbnb under Tina’s Country Retreat, New Castle

Additional important facts about the property:

5600 square feet of living space, 2500 sq ft main floor, 2500 sq ft second floor, 600 sq ft 3rd floor space.

6 large bedrooms (20 ft x 20 ft), 3 full bathrooms, bonus “mudroom” shower in basement

13 ft tray ceilings on first floor, fireplaces in all rooms, 3 fitted with ventless gas log systems
Original Zuber scenic block print wallpaper in front hall, imported from Paris, France over 100 yrs ago

Detached one car garage with tool shed; large multi – use barn (tobacco)

15 acres, approx. 10 acres of which is zoned Agricultural and can be used for horses, chickens, gardens etc.

Two separate central AC units and furnaces for upstairs and downstairs. 2nd / 3rd floor system is zoned with a thermostat in each room to maximize energy efficiency.
Ages of units:
Upstairs AC & furnace 1994
Downstairs furnace 2016
Downstairs central AC unit 2020
All new thermostats for upstairs zoned system 2019

Dual natural gas water heaters: downstairs is high efficiency on demand water heater: 2010
Upstairs 50-gal gas water heater, 2019

Custom built gourmet kitchen with granite counters, double convection, self-cleaning ovens, and a
Jenn Air gas cook top with exterior vented downdraft exhaust system, All base cabinets have pull out shelves for ease of access, corner equipped with lazy Susan
All cupboards are of solid oak;
Double pantry equipped with pull out, adjustable height shelves

Dual laundry rooms, one in basement and one on 2nd floor for easy access to bedrooms, 2nd floor laundry has custom made overflow pan for washer with drain to basement

Basement is unfinished with concrete walls and equipped with exterior entrance and “mudroom” shower, replumbed in 2019

Whole house has hard wired, interconnected smoke alarm system with centralized battery backup, such that smoke alarm that is tripped in one room will cause all alarms to sound for maximum safety, completed 2019

Roof replaced approx. 2010 with “lifetime” architectural asphalt shingles with
custom copper flashing and solid copper roof on front porch, skylight access door to roof

Upgraded electric service to 200-amp 1994, added whole house surge protector 2019
Upgraded and replaced all plumbing with copper, 1994
Completely replaced all wiring 1994
3 new bathrooms installed with tile and / or marble flooring 1994

2019, new front porch lighting with LED bulbs and dusk to dawn electric eyes
2011 new carpet in 3rd floor “loft” bedroom area

2019 new downspouts south and west sides, gutter guards being added
Last Updated: May 22, 2021
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


 
 

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