The Upton Grange Hall In Maine

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

If you would like to live in a rustic piece of history in New England, for a very affordable price, House Crazy Sarah has found the perfect place for you!

Priced at a mere $54,900, this enchanting building is located in Newry, Maine in close proximity to Grafton Notch State Park, Umbagog State Park and National Wildlife Refuge, and, the famed Appalachian Trail.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

This historic building, known as the Upton Grange Hall, is not only listed on the National Historic Registry, but it also has a literary past, having been featured in many novels (according to the listing), most notably ones by Louise Dickinson Rich.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

What exactly is a grange hall? Back in the days before the internet, telephone, and TV, These halls provided a formal place for the farmers and rural folk to meet for business activities. They also served as social gathering hubs for country families where they held dances, quilting bees, and other recreational activities, to help alleviate the isolation of farm life.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

The former Upton Grange Hall was built in 1899 and was first used as a space for spruce gum manufacturing.  According to its very own Wikipedia page, the building was sold to a local grange chapter in 1911, when it henceforth became known as  Upton Grange No. 404.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

The building has since been utilized as an antique shop with living space on the second floor – complete with a full bathroom.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

Have a look inside…

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

The interior features maple floors throughout, a stage on the first floor, and somewhat of a ramshackle kitchen.

The interior features maple floors throughout, a stage on the first floor, and a functional, albeit ramshackle, kitchen.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Check out those vintage beadboard cabinets!

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Admittedly, it is a little rough around the edges, but there is something rather romantic about the notion of living here.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Perhaps you could run an art gallery on the main floor… or an antique bookstore?

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Even a country cafe with homemade baked goods! Tourists would trickle in and linger for the quaint country atmosphere.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Whoever owns the place now has a bedroom set up at the far end of the main floor.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

The Upper Floor:

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

That sign! What a treasure!

House Crazy Sarah loves unearthing obscure historic places such as this one.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

It is such a time capsule of how life in rural America used to be.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

Looks like whoever lives here now, is doing so with the comfort of old books and well-worn antiques.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

House Crazy Sarah is imagining an elderly woman with a couple of cats – or maybe dogs. She paints in her spare time and is widely read in American literature and local history.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

She likes to collect rocks and pine cones and whatever else she finds on her many walks in the woods.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

She enjoys being close to nature, and she relishes the unvarnished history of small-town Americana.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

She lives on a tiny pension, but that is all she needs.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

She lives simply and uses many of the existing pieces that have been left behind in the grange hall over the decades of its existence.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine

House Crazy Sarah can picture herself living here.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

It may be rather dilapidated, but that is all part of the charm and romance of the place.

Upton Grange Hall in Newry Maine historic photo

For a price of only $54,900 in beautiful New England, it is very tempting!

 

Source:

https://www.trulia.com/p/me/newry/236-thistle-st-newry-me-04261–2344712038

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