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In today’s world, a 3,000-square-foot home can go from foundation to finished in as little as a few months.

But in the 1700s, things took a little longer to come together. A prime point of reference: the 1794 Quaker home in Media, PA. This piece of early American history is currently on the market for $685,000.

Built for James Emlen, a well-known Quaker elder in the Philadelphia area, the property has expanded over the centuries. You could argue it’s been a 200-plus-year construction project.

The original house from 1794 consisted of what’s now the living room and the tavern. A dining room was added in the 1800s, and a kitchen made its debut in the 1900s. In its early days, the home served as Emlen’s primary residence. He wanted to open a Quaker boarding school for boys, and decided that the home could easily double as such.

The tavern was likely added after the Quakers departed, since members of the Christian movement abstain from alcohol.

Kitchen

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Living space

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The tavern

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Bedroom

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The house, although it’s 225 years old, is in fantastic condition. Some original features remain, including the wood flooring in the original main house (now the tavern and living room) and the tile work around the fireplaces. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

As for the tavern? It appears to be straight out of the Robin Hood tale. A slanted wood ceiling meets an original fireplace, and a red brick floor meets an antique-style redwood door. The bar itself is equipped to seat two, with built-in shelves to display any combination of libations.

Best of all—the home sits on 2.5 acres, so you can enjoy a roaring fire and a highball in complete peace and quiet. It was worth the wait!

The post Live in a Piece of Quaker History Near Philly for Just $685K appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com®.

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