Very little survives the ages and still stands in good condition. It’s normal for materials to naturally, over hundreds of years, begin to deteriorate and need to be refurbished, remodeled, or torn down. When we found out a house that John’s 9th great grandfather built (circa 1690), still stands in Newton, Pennsylvania on over 200 acres... it was definitely worth a detour to check it out! Luckily for us, the oldest original part of the house was uninhabited and although it is not open to the public, we were able to take a tour.
The original home was only the far right portion, where the windows are smaller. It was three stories and a family of 10 lived in that little house.
first floor with modern cabinets
The barn even stands in impeccable condition. Note the structural design, and the beams, as if they are brand new.