Neat pictures! Really like old houses.
Friend in South Glastonbury, CT bought a house dated to 1866 according to town records.
He is an attorney, and for fun went to town hall and was looking through old files. He got his house back to the 1790s. Mentioned it to the historical society, and they were very interested in what he found. Sent someone to look at the house. They said the foundation is much older than the house, and the house does look to date from the 1860s. Speculation was that there was a house fire.
He mentioned that his searching showed that the first owner from the 1790s died, and the wife remarried. The second husband also died. My friend found that records of their estates showed that they were pretty destitute. He also mentioned that he can't find their grave headstones in the town cemetery.
The historical society said that the first homeowners are probably buried in the yard, as was the custom back then if you couldn't afford a proper grave in the cemetery.
My friend showed me the footprint of the large old barn on the property. I later asked if he ever purchased a metal detector to check out the barn area, as he commented he was thinking of doing. Said that the idea of a metal detector was done when he was told that there are probably two bodies buried in the yard.