This home caught my eye for two reasons – the photos, especially the exterior shots, which are quite vivid (might be a camera filter, plus spring conditions), and because this appears to be the home of a family from a New Wilmington-related settlement.
I am basing this on three things. First, the blue doors, as this is typical of New Wilmington Amish (though they are not the only group which paints their doors blue).
Second is this photo of the buggy in its shelter, in which you see what looks like the characteristic coloring of the New Wilmington Amish buggy (the buggy body shape also fits the mold). This photo was obviously taken at another time of year.
Finally, we come to the location, which is Falconer, New York. I am aware of a New Wilmington daughter settlement which is at Mayville. It’s been there since the 1970s and is two full church districts in size. The location of this home looks like it could belong to the Mayville community, especially since a community with 50-60 households could have a decent measure of sprawl, and depending on which side of the town the community lies.
However, I wasn’t sure, because it still seemed rather far from Mayville, so I checked further. And there is a community at Frewsburg, a town closer to this address. As it happens, Tom the Backroads Traveller has posted on the Frewsburg settlement, also two districts in size, being a daughter settlement of the Mayville community:
The Amish surrounding New Wilmington and those of the Belfast-Friendship community use distinctive reddish-brown-topped buggies, which are described as “yellow-top.” A new “yellow-top” community also was settled in 2011 to the west in Frewsburg, NY in Chautauqua County. This group grew out of the Dewittville-Mayville community which is located further to the west.
So if the Frewsburg settlement grew out of the Mayville settlement, which originated from the New Wilmington settlement, does that make Frewsburg a granddaughter settlement of New Wilmington? I don’t know if we have a common term to describe those “further generations” of Amish communities.
The home itself was almost certainly English-built, as we can see by the design including the car garage. Here is the simple description of this 1,212-square-foot home via Zillow:
Currently an Amish home. This home has a lot to offer. Over 6 acres, a huge barn for anything you want. 2 car attached garage. Great location and school district. There is electricity to the property but the home would need re-wired.
The other thing about this home is that it was emptied out before the photos were taken. It’s more often the case that photos posted online show the homes fully furnished. But in this one you see empty rooms with just a smidge of the furnishings left behind (some kitchen cabinetry) and the interior window frames and doors painted a lighter shade of blue (aquamarine?) than the exterior doors.
The kitchen with cabinets.
Notice the hole where the stove pipe went.
Another angle showing the adjacent space.
Looks like the reverse angle, standing in the kitchen with your back to the cabinets.
The molding is a different shade of blue in this room, for some reason.
I’m not sure this rough space qualifies as a basement, but here’s what’s downstairs.
So what’s the price of this home?
It was sold in April 2020 for $55,120.
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