Beverly, MA is also home to one of the nations oldest standing wooden frame houses - The Balch House
John Balch, the immigrant, came from Somersetshire, England in 1623. He received a 1635 grant for 200 acres in what is now Beverly. Records at the Essex County courthouse in Salem show that John—one of the original “planters” of the Salem area—signed the deed for his property in November of 1635. The tradition is that the house was built in 1636 and passed by John to his son, Benjamin Balch.
Recent dating tests, however, suggest that John’s first house may pre-date the current house.
These buildings were not built in the 17th-19th centuries, however they very much mimic the colonial style of that time. These homes (and the shed) were built with both real materials and integrity. I can picture homes like this being admired 100 years from now the way we admire the great architecture of the past.
I hope to get some more historical houses up here soon :-)