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Northwood News ♦ June 2008

‘Saltbox’ Style Kinsman Farmhouse, Which Dates From 1780s, May Be Oldest House in Montgomery County

By Jacquie Bokow

Many residents have heard that there’s a Civil War-era house in our neighborhood, but may not have known where it’s located.  Turns out it’s at 130 Kinsman View Circle, and it was built around 1780, the time of the War of Independence, not the Civil War.

“I don’t know that it’s the oldest one” in Montgomery County, admits Vicki Hodziewich, who owns the house known as “Holly View” with her husband Stanley, but she does know it was purchased by Colonel Kinsman in 1886, exactly 100 years before they purchased it.

“Colonel Kinsman served in President [Ulysses S.] Grant’s administration, and marched with [Union Army Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh] Sherman to the sea” during the Civil War, said Hodziewich.  The house’s current form is still as it was when the Colonel bought it, although, obviously, it’s been updated inside and renovations have been made over the years.  The house has “New England Saltbox” style architecture, with three stories in front and two in the back, with a long, sloping back roof, which stands out in a neighborhood of colonials.

Kinsman purchased the farm from James F. Meline, who was then the Comptroller of the Treasury.  It originally was a working farm, and the house “used to be surrounded by farmland and trees,” said Hodziewich.  Now it sits on 3/4 of an acre.

“It is interesting that it’s a house that has stood here for so many centuries,” she said.  “It is odd because it’s so old, versus the rest of the neighborhood.”  But what has proved interesting is that so many people have stopped to inquire about the house.

“We’ve met a lot of people because of it,” said Hodzie¬≠wich.  At Thanksgiving, the family noticed “a group of people with cameras and carrying glasses in their hands” outside; neighbors had relatives visiting and had told them about the house, so, still carrying their drinks, they all trooped up the street to see it.

“The great grandson of Colonel Kinsman, now [living] in California, dropped by and asked if he could see the house,” too, she said.

And, in case you were wondering, “It’s not haunted,” added Hodziewich, “but that’s a question people ask.”   ■


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