Syndicated — How well do you know your U.S. history? It might have been awhile since your eighth-grade civics class, so we're giving you a brush up on Colonial events with a real estate twist this Independence Day. From homes of Declaration signers to estates near from Revolutionary battlefields, we're touring 13 historic homes from the 13 colonies.
240 Prince George St, Urbanna VA
For sale: $495,000
Although the first Europeans touched down in Massachusetts, Virginia claims the honor as the first colony. This Urbanna home was built as a tavern more than 100 years after the colony was established. Urbanna was once a significant seaport, and this tavern hosted a number of passing dignitaries, including Patrick Henry, who famously declared "Give me liberty or give me death!"
138 Baker Ave, Concord MA
For sale: $985,000
The home of Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims' Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts held some of the earliest European settlements. This home - the Hosmer Homestead - is located in Concord, one of the sites of the Revolutionary War's first battle in 1775. Undoubtedly the residents of the Hosmer Homestead were witnesses to the battle and "the shot heard 'round the world."
130 Old College Rd, Andover NH
For sale: $2,850,000
Although a separate colony, New Hampshire was joined to Massachusetts and ruled by one governor for many years leading up to the Revolutionary War. This small state was significant in moving the U.S. toward independence; its ninth vote ratified the Constitution. This 18th-century farm is one of many historic properties in the neighborhood of Taunton Hill in Andover and is a restored Federal-style building.
3251 Gamber Rd, Finksburg MD
For sale: $2,889,000
As royal colonies under the British empire, governors of each colony were established by the king. This home in Finksburg was built for one of Maryland's first royal governors. The stone home sits on 45 untouched acres northeast of Baltimore.