“Kettle will not stay, neither will the windmill.”
That was the stipulation attached to this unusual listing for an Amish home in the Seymour, Missouri community.
This Amish home caught my eye for several reasons. For one, the community. Seymour is a plain settlement where many homes have a distinctive shingle-siding plain look to them (as we’ve seen documented in a recent post from Don Burke). You can find this covering in some other Amish places, but when I see a home like this I first think of the Seymour settlement.
And while I’ve seen numerous photos of the exteriors of Seymour homes thanks to Don and other sources, I’ve never seen inside one of these plain Amish abodes.
You’ll also notice by the timestamp that these photos are from 2008, though it was last listed in 2016. I doubt the appearance of this place changed much in that gap.
Looking inside, the photos in this listing reveal a very rustic, old-timey look. To embrace the cliche, if you ignore a detail or two, these photos look a bit like “life stopped in time”. Almost everything has an old and worn feel to it.
For example, if this shot were black and white (and minus the time-stamp of course), we might think it was from 100+ years ago.
These rockers look like they’ve been well-used over the years.
And while there are not a ton of photos, we see enough to get a good sense of what this place is like inside. Next is the kitchen and dining area. Like the plain homes we saw recently in New York and Michigan, no plumbing in this home either.
In contrast to those two homes, which felt more open and cheery, this one has a darker feel. I think that is due to the abundance of wood, namely the paneling on the lower half of the walls.
Oil lamps and wooden clocks add to the traditional look.
One of the few visible modern amenities is the water cooler. Also note the handsaw hanging by the window. I’m not sure if that is decorative…or if that is just where they keep the handsaw.
Worn wood flooring.
Another room with what looks like a chalkboard on the wall.
You can see the alphabet at the top.
A room with a bed and stove.
Looking closer you can see what appears to be a high chair.
Here’s the pantry.
Looks like they are set for eggs, at least for the next breakfast.
And up to the attic.
Here are some shots from outside.
The barn here looks like it’s patched together with rusty scraps of metal siding. Contrast this with, say, the picture-perfect stone barns of the Lancaster County Amish.
We also have an aerial shot giving you a better sense of the farm. I assume this was taken by some sort of aerial photography company, as 12 years ago drones were not really an option like they are today.
And here’s the satellite map view.
Looking at the listing description, this was technically listed as two homes for sale. You can see what appears to be the second home here. The Michigan farm we saw had a “guest house” included, but this one looks more like a dawdyhouse. This one has different siding material:
A different description on the Zillow listing adds the detail that “Main home has an attached store with basement storage.” I believe that is what we see to the right in the first photo at the top of this post. It also says that the second home is newer. Also interesting, this is an organic farm.
Also note the line towards the end aimed at potential non-Amish buyers: “This home is a blank slate, no appliances or plumbing. Perfect for living off the grid or designing your modern dream home!”
2 Amish homes, poultry house 40 x 200, smoke house 14 x 18, sheep shed 22 x 26, 30 x 24 bldg. calf shed10 x 14, barn with silo 32 x 45, straw shed 22×45, milk barn 8×10, tool shed 30×40, hog barn 24×24, animal shelter 16×16, hog shelter 20×32, older hog barn 32×42, dog kennel with 10 dog pens, 2800 gallon water tank supplies all buildings water is pumped by windmill. The windmill will not stay. Hand pump will stay water is about 150′ down. Grain bldg. holds 3 semi loads of grain. Fields are all organic. most bldgs. are fiberglass. Land is 1/8 mile wide and 1/2 mile long. Fenced and cross fenced. There is a wet weather creek and a spring on the property. This home is a blank slate, no appliances or plumbing. Perfect for living off the grid or designing your modern dream home!
kettle will not stay, neither will the windmill.
This farm is now off the market, but when last listed in 2016, the asking price for this 40-acre property was $189,900.