HOULTON – Becky Day isn’t sure how her historic listing came to be featured on a national Web site she wasn’t familiar with.

“Apparently ‘Old House Dreams’ knows a good deal when they see it,” Day speculated.

Apparently it does. The site, whose FAQ section says thousands of  homes for sale, from every state, are checked every week, earlier this month posted 84 Military St. in Houlton. The Gothic Revival home was built in 1865 and is listed for sale at $149,900 by Day, a realtor at First Choice Real Estate here.

The house was built for Llewellyn Powers, a Pittsfield native. County prosecutor when the house was new, Republican Powers went on to serve in both the state and U.S. Houses, and was Maine’s governor from 1897 to 1901. It was his 1876 bill that led to Maine’s abolishing the death penalty (for the first time).

So the home has a pedigree, in addition to architectural distinction.

The intown location is a plus – you can walk to the library, post office, park, churches, shopping, etc. Features include tin ceilings and two wood-burning fireplaces. There are “at least four” bedrooms in the 3,119-square-foot home, Day said, and two full baths upstairs (one with clawfoot tub) and a first-floor full bath, too.

Electricity has been updated, and the burner is 15-20 years old. Some windows have been replaced, but “the roof is showing some age” and work is needed around the eaves, Day said.

But as the accompanying photos show, much period character is extant, and at a very affordable price.

To learn more or to arrange a viewing, please contact Becky at 532-4037 or at 
[email protected].

(To see this and other vintage Maine houses, visit www.oldhousedreams.com.)


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