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My Home is the Oldest House in Orlando

Updated on April 5, 2013
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James Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician and writer. James enjoys people, music, film, and books. He is a lifelong student of history.

PRINCETON HOUSE IN 1927
PRINCETON HOUSE IN 1927
PRINCETON HOUSE 2000
PRINCETON HOUSE 2000

VICTORIAN HOMES

I live in the oldest home in Orlando, Florida.  It is a Victorian style house with gables, dormers, and a large wrap-around porch.  The "Princeton House" was built in 1882.  It remains its original color: pink.   Another Hubber made a request of me to write a Hub about my home. 

John P. Erricsson, a veteran of the American Civil War who had served directly under General-in-Chief of the Union Army, Ulysses S. Grant, was rewarded with a federal land grant of 500 acres on Lake Ivanhoe in 1875 by then President Grant.  On this land he built the Princeton House at a cost of $1300.  This parcel of land was close to the South Florida Railroad line.  A small village named Formosa was 1/4 mile away and featured a train depot, a post office, and a saloon or two.

CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA
CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA
PRINCETON HOUSE TODAY
PRINCETON HOUSE TODAY
VICTORIAN STYLE HOMES
VICTORIAN STYLE HOMES
VICTORIAN HOUSES
VICTORIAN HOUSES

OLD HOUSES

It was built as a farmhouse out of timbers of heart pine, and the land was used for orange and grapefruit groves. It still has the original wide, pine plank floors and two fireplaces. Situated as it is in Orange County, Erricsson was well positioned to take advantage of the citrus boom that exploded in those days. After Mr. Erricsson died the home was sold at public auction for $1,853.28 on December 9, 1884.

The next year the new owner, Charles Joy, subdivided the land, leaving this house sitting on 14 acres. The "big freeze" of 1895 ruined the orange crop and the owner of the orange grove, resulting in the property being foreclosed. There are records of several other foreclosures of the property for the same reason, making it appear that farming oranges was a risky business.


VICTORIAN HOMES PHOTOS.  THE ADDITION ON THE LEFT IN PHOTO IS ONE STORY.  THE ORIGINAL HOUSE ON THE RIGHT OF PIC IS TWO STORIES.
VICTORIAN HOMES PHOTOS. THE ADDITION ON THE LEFT IN PHOTO IS ONE STORY. THE ORIGINAL HOUSE ON THE RIGHT OF PIC IS TWO STORIES.
DOORS CONNECTING OLD HOUSE WITH NEW ADDITION
DOORS CONNECTING OLD HOUSE WITH NEW ADDITION
MORE MODERN FACILITIES TODAY
MORE MODERN FACILITIES TODAY

ORLANDO REAL ESTATE

The land was further subdivided in 1923 by then owners, J. C. & Martha Johnson, and the Princeton House made due with 4 or 5 acres—and no orange groves. In 1927, the Johnson's daughter, Jessie Cone, inherited the property and successfully sued the City of Orlando to pave the street and install a sewer line. She then installed indoor plumbing in the house for the first time, and also renovated and remodeled. It was sold in again in 1949 and since has had numerous owners.

A few years ago my wife and I decided to build an addition onto the home, doubling its size. The rooms in the old section are small; she uses the house for her business; and in the midst of the real estate boom it seemed like a wise investment. Our neighborhood is in the midst of gentrification. This addition precludes the house from historical designation.


ROOMIER LIVING QUARTERS
ROOMIER LIVING QUARTERS
NOW THAT'S A CLOSET!
NOW THAT'S A CLOSET!
CEILING DETAIL IN THE GREAT ROOM
CEILING DETAIL IN THE GREAT ROOM

MY HOUSE

I have included a photograph of the house from 1927; and a picture from 2000, prior to the construction of the addition; and a number of pics from 2005 just prior to moving into the addition. The addition was made to duplicate the exterior while making the interior rooms large, including a great room where now hangs our art that I have reviewed in three previous Hubs: "Beauty is the purpose of Art" "Rembrandt is my favorite Artist" " and "Art in my Home."

This proved to be a complicated engineering project and we were blessed that it was designed and the construction managed by Scott Raymond and Joyce Phipps with their firm Architectural Dynamics of Orlando. Scott is known as ArchDynamics in the Hub Pages Community. The work was completed in 2005 by General Contractor Mike Vecchio.


THE GREAT ROOM WAS DESIGNED FOR LIVING AMONGST OUR ARTWORK.  EVERY DECENT-SIZED WALL SPACE IN IT CONTAINS PAINTINGS. 13 IN ALL. (I GUESS WE ARE NOT SUPERSTITIOUS!)
THE GREAT ROOM WAS DESIGNED FOR LIVING AMONGST OUR ARTWORK. EVERY DECENT-SIZED WALL SPACE IN IT CONTAINS PAINTINGS. 13 IN ALL. (I GUESS WE ARE NOT SUPERSTITIOUS!)

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Beautiful home and pretty awesome additions. I am not surprised at the amount of history you know about it either. You are a true history buff.

      Thanks for sharing

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Duchess OBlunt— Thank you very much! I am a history buff, that is true. My bookcase groans under the weight. :D

      You are welcome. And I appreciate you as my first visitor!

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      R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

      James,

      One of these days I will get to your hub first, but not today. So you are in Orlando. You and your wife are blessed to live in such a glorious home with such rich history. Here's wishing you the best and that you will enjoy every minute. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      RBurow— We are truly blessed! My wife just loves this house. Thank you for your "best wishes" and you are welcome.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      How wonderful to live in a house that whispers history from every nook and cranny!

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      ftgfmom 7 years ago

      I loved this and your home. We are all coming to live with you. lol

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Beautiful style of homes. Hubby and I love to see these type of homes in American films etc. It is how we imagine them to be. Very posh though James.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      The oldest house in all of Orlando? Wow. Thanks for sharing the pics. The house is beautiful.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Shalini Kagal— Thank you. It is wonderful. And the best part is, it's not haunted! :-)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      ftgfmom— Well . . . we've got lots of room! :-)

      I am glad you enjoyed it and thank you for saying so.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      ethel smith— The new part is posh. I didn't have any photos handy of the old part but it is plank floors, plaster instead of drywall, and full of holes! :) Well, not holes; cracks and leaks (not water leaks). That makes it hard to heat or cool. So, only the kitchen, office and workout room is used in the old house unless we have company. Then, the old part makes a perfect place with privacy for visitors.

      The Victorian style is my favorite. Thanks for your comments.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Journey * — Thank you very much. I appreciate the visitation.

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      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Absolutely Gorgeous! I love historical homes. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your lovely home. What a blessing! The bathroom is fabulous. And what person wouldn't love that huge closet. Chandeliers ... goodness, the ceiling was incredible. I love Orlando ...don't get there as often as I would like. Blessings to you!

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      Amanda Davey 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

      James,

      What a beautiful home. You are so lucky to live surrounded by such history. Thank you for sharing it with us. Do you have a library? I've always wanted a big library with a fire. I've now got a study and more books than I know what to do with!

      Thank you again.

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      AWESOME!

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      greatAmerican 7 years ago

      Now this is something even I might be able to LOVE, you do remember don't you?

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Precious Pearl— Thank you for your gracious words! And you are welcome. I am so pleased you like it. We were fortunate to have a fabulously creative architectural firm working with us. :D

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Tigermadstanley— Do I have a library?! I have about 1000 books. I estimated 3000 a week or so ago—it looks like 3000. So I roughly counted them just now and it is about 1000. I am a voracious reader. :-)

      I am lucky! You are welcome. Thank you for your kind comments.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      advisor4qb— Thank you! Now you know why I rarely leave the house! :-)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      greatAmerican— I remember you said nobody loves you and I told that I did! :)

      This is a greatAmerican home! Thanks for commenting.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      James...awesome home. I worked on and in many old mansions in Nashville. The craftsmanship alone is really something to ponder. I asked myself many times "How did they get that to look so perfect?" Great hub.....thanks for the tour! :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Tom Cornett— I love Nashville. I have several relatives there and so have visited many times. You are right, the craftsmanship was terrific. It has stood the test of time and quite a few hurricanes (of course they are rather weak if they get here). Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comments.

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      James, thank you for inviting us, your home is beautiful. I especially love the floors. I'm fortunate to live in the historic section of Jax, called Avondale, where each home is lovelier than the next. Again, thank you, and looking forward to seeing the art walls.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      jiberish— I'm not familiar with Avondale but next time I'm in Jax I'll have to check it out. I am glad you noticed the marble floors. And the bedroom floors are cherry—very beautiful.

      You are most welcome. Thank you for your kind remarks. I appreciate it.

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      The Shark 7 years ago from Hampton, NH

      James, great

      I owned a new england victorian, wrap around porch house had a turret too.

      I love architecture, my deceased wife and I built our current home, a reproduction of a 1780 Georgian era colonial from Portsmout NH, The Governor Langdon Mansion.

      You can see the NH house on line by going to the web site: Historic New England

      The Shark

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      The Shark— I will go take a look at your Georgian, brother.

      I don't have the turret, but it looks as if I might need one! :D

      Thanks for your visit and comments.

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      James thank you for the tour . I love older architecture It has so much personality . Totally enjoyable !

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      tony0724— You are welcome, Brother. Thank you for visiting my home.

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      Nemingha 7 years ago

      Wow, I love your home but then I'm a sucker for older-style houses too. Thanks James.

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      juliehess 7 years ago

      your home is very beautiful, i am certain it brings much enjoyment. be blessed

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Nemingha— Why, thank you. I am glad you love it. I love it, too! :D

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      juliehess— It does bring much enjoyment. Thank you.

      I have been meaning to come over and read a few of your Hubs because I love your titles and am sure I will enjoy them. I'll do that later today. I've bookmarked your profile page.

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      Moonchild60 7 years ago

      Your home is beautiful. I love large rooms, I need space, open space, and your home clearly has alot of that. Very nice. Oh and the chandeliers are just beautiful!

      Victorian homes have great charm and personality. Just one tiny litte thing...you need flowers, lots of flowers outside. Landscaping. You will have to read my next hub on Gardens... : )

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Moonchild60— I love those Maria Theresa chandeliers. You are right, flowers would add a lot to the landscape. A lot of the plants bloom in Summer, such as the three Crepe Myrtles between the sidewalk and the side street. I will look forward to your Hub on gardening. Thank you for your kind compliments. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have the best of both worlds...the old authentic Victorian house and the new adjacent modern living space right next door. Lovely! You had good architects. The exteriors flow and blend well together. It was fun getting this peek into your home. Thanks.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Peggy W— Exactly! The best of both worlds. I appreciate your keen insight. My architects are fabulously talented and wonderful people. They also designed my aviation terminal and it is even more beautiful! Thank you for the visitation!

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      13 is a good number according Jewish numerology.

      Reflections of windows in the floor are impressive! Who polished the floors so nicely?

      I love old houses and if I see one I take a picture. There is one house in a town where I live, an old Victorian house, more that 100 yo. Pink with light blue framings outside. When I win a lottery I'll buy this house and make toys museum with play rooms in it.

      Thank you so much for opening your doors for us!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      ReuVera— I'm glad to hear it! (about 13)

      I had a long time client who is a marble importer and we bartered for that floor. That is how it looked after installation! Incredible floor it is. :-)

      1882 is not that old where I come from, in Michigan. But in Orlando, where people didn't want to live for years because of the oppressive heat, bugs and gators, it is ancient.

      Thanks for your fine comments. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Leta S 7 years ago

      What a cool house....plus an interesting history. And beautiful interior, too (we are still renovating, definitely, inside). It sure is pink, though ;), huh? You should really stop by Sufi's pages to see his Greek pink house (we spawned house hubs off of each other).

      Thank you for writing this, :)!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Lita Sorensen— This Hub's for you! I will be pleased to take a peek at Sufi's home. That will be a pleasure I am sure. He is such a learned and fine gentleman.

      My house is definitely pink. Thank you for swinging by and leaving word. :D

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      It is magnificently beautiful!!! I love the history of homes, older ones certainly have a story to tell. It was designed exquisitely, high ceilings and pillars. What a charming place thank you for sharing your home with us. It is o.k. if it is Pink you did not take away from its original beauty and charm.:)

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      James, it is so cool to live in the oldest house in town! And what a beautiful, unique home! Older homes are just so interesting aren't they? Just the kind of place I'd expect someone like you to live in.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      AEvans— I do feel a bit funny giving people directions to look for the only pink house. :-) But, John Cougar wrote about pink houses, didn't he?

      Thank you very much for visiting me and leaving your kind compliments.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Dolores Monet— An old house for an old guy? :)

      Thank you so much for your gracious remarks. I appreciate it.

      It is an interesting place, to be sure. Now, if I can keep it . . .

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      Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Thanks for the pictures and the wonderful history of your house James. Victorian style homes are my favorite as well, your addition blends perfectly with the original structure.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Mardi— You are welcome. I can thank my fine architects and contractor for the fine blend. :-)

      I appreciate your comments. Thanks!

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      Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      I love Victorian Homes. They have always been my favorite. By the way, Grant is my Great....Uncle! Take good care of the house :) It looks beautiful and the additions are terrific! Your art is in a perfect setting!

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Wow! James, now that's exquisite! A house with so much history,fine arts and music! You are definitely blessed. Thanks for sharing your great taste with us.

      I love victorian homes, they have so much character and the workmanship details are breathtaking. My grandmother lived in a colonial home and I could spend hours just appreciating the woodwork and intricate details. Not to mention the hours spent just sitting on the wrap around veranda and looking at the rolling hills and valley below. (Some day I must write a hub about that)

      Thanks for sharing. Enjoy my friend!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      U.S. Grant is your great uncle?! Thanks awesome. I have been to Grant's Tomb but somebody said he's not in it. Thank you for your kind comments about my home. I always look forward to your visits.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      DynamicS— Thank you! I am truly blessed.

      You should do a Hub on your grandmother's house. Do you have photos?

      You are welcome. I appreciate the visit. :)

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      Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Very interesting to have a little peek into your home, James. It is very nice.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Connie,

      Thank you for saying so. I am glad you came by. I always enjoy your visits. :-)

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      Love the home James. Steeped in a rich history. A great addition to the home. Nothing like striving for excellence in what was provided for you to steward. Thanks for opening your home to us.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Gicky Soriano— Thank you. I appreciate your warm words. And I love your Hubs. They are outstanding.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      WOW!!! YOU GO JAMES!!!! Beautiful home, what a blessing!!!!!!! I am blessed by even knowing you!!!!!!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      drpastorcarlotta— Aw shucks! ;)

      Thank you so much. I do love it. I appreciate your visit, doctor.

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      Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Ulysses S. Grant was my Great, Great, Great Uncle my mother has told me. I think I have the number of Great's correct! I always thought that was kind of neat in an historical way.

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      Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Thanks for the Hubs you write. I appreciate all of the information you put out for everyone. Especially the accuracy in all of them. You must spend a lot of time researching!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Kebennett1— That is neat. He was a wonderful warrior. I have always heard that his autobiography is one of the best ever in that genre but I haven't read it. Have you?

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Kebennett1— I certainly do spend a lot of time researching and writing. I have learned on Hub Pages that the naysayers and scoffers comb through to find any little mistake to discredit the whole article—to sow seeds of doubt. You are a great encouragement to me. Thank you.

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      Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      I have not read Grant's autobiography but now that you have brought the subject up I think I will do that. I just never though of reading about him before. I think it might be interesting especially since he is a distant relative! I have to go to Occupational and Physical therapy tomorrow (I had a mild stroke last week) and it is close to the Library so I will go see If they have it! Thanks for the idea!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Kebennett1— A mild stroke!? My goodness. I am so sorry. I am going to pray for your right now.

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      Pink Mingos 7 years ago from Mars

      Absolutely STUNNING! I would love to restore a Victorian home. Wise decision on the addition where the historical guidelines are concerned. You and your wife did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

      Sher

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      MotherHubber 7 years ago from Southern California

      What an interesting read. Loved the photos!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Pink Mingos— Thank you! You are welcome and I thank you for commenting on it. I look forward to reading your Hubs, which I have bookmarked. :D

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      MotherHubber— Thank you so much!

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      shah kamal 7 years ago

      beautiful house.

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      V.C 7 years ago

      If so, congratulation :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      shah kamal— thank you

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      V.C. I appreciate it.

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      Joshua Knight 7 years ago

      Terrific! Katie and I had one built in 1896 very hard to explain what it is like to live in a house with that kind of history.

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      Gift Experts 7 years ago

      Wow!! Beautiful House.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Joshua Knight— What a pleasure it is to hear from you! From Hong Kong, right? Thank you for reading and especially for letting me know that you did. God Bless You and Katie and . . . Isaac, right?

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Gift Experts— Thank you very much!

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      EdenvaleShoppes 7 years ago

      Nice to see your Hub!! wonderful place!

      Thanks for exciting photos...

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      EdenvaleShoppes— Thank you very much! And you are welcome, too.

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      Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Wow what a great place! It is lovely to live in a house with some history. When I lived in the UK (about 12 years ago now) we lived in a 200 year old cottage. Of course 200 years is nothing to the Brits so it was hardly regarded as old. But it was nice to feel that life had been going on there for such a good long time before me. It was just a cottage though - nothing as elegant as your home which is truly spectacular.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Catherine R— Thank you very much! There is something special about a home with a history. This home would not be considered particularly old where I am from, Michigan. But Florida is much more newly settled, only after malaria was beaten back. And it only boomed with the invention of air conditioning. :)

      Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      By Grace 7 7 years ago

      I love the older type houses they have so much more personality than most of the modern ones. Thanks for opening your home to us and for posting all those lovely photographs I have so enjoyed my virtual tour and the tour guide was so gracious and knowledgeable l loved hearing about some of the history of the house and the area.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      By Grace 7— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! The Princeton House is a joy to live in and has quite a history. I thank you for taking the time to visit and for your nice comments. :)

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      Charia Samher 7 years ago

      Lovely home. Old but beautiful. With all the history with it, I guess it's like living in a museum, and of course the great paintings and the artistic people living in it add up the glamour. =)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Charia Samher— Thank you, darling, for your gracious comments. We are glamorous alright. :) We are just clay like the rest but what we must be aware of—and we are—is how blessed we are. And we are.

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      What a great home! I also really like the new addition and the marble bathroom, pocket ceilings, chandeliers,pillers, arches and mucho closet space. We live in a "new" home designed by us but built by Ruttenberg at Tildens Grove two years ago and can appreciate your love of this historic home. It must bring you great joy and satisfaction to live in this home - you've said as much. Kind of like you're soaking up inspiration from the past for your artistic and writing endeavors. Keep up the fine work.

      Don White

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      dusanotes— Thank you, Don. I do appreciate your kind words. We do love the Princeton House. My wife will never leave here, she says. It is an inspiration.

      I have heard of Ruttenberg. Your home sounds very nice, also. And I enjoy your Hubs.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Your house is absolutely gorgeous! It must be great being surrounded by so much history. Thanks for inviting us into your home. What time is Christmas dinner??

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      habee— Thank you very much! We will be at our daughter's home in Atlanta (Marietta) for Christmas this year. Otherwise, you would surely be invited. :) Thanks for your comments and you are welcome.

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      So you have something old, and something new:) This is so beautiful. The addition looks like a gallery! I love old homes, they have so much warmth to them, like you are at grandma's house:) Another Great Share, James!

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      katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      A really wonderful hub with great pictures James, I'd love to live somwhere like this. Fantastic hub

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      heart4theword— Yes, I do! If I can keep it. It is indeed beautiful. Thank you for saying so. We do have quite the art gallery assembled in the Great Room. That was sort of the idea there. Like I'm at Grandma's house? I like that very much. Thank you for your warm words.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      katyzzz— Thank you so much for your warm words. It has been a pleasure to live in such a beautiful home.

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      Christine 6 years ago from Michigan

      What a beautiful home James and full of history

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Kristeen— Thank you for your kind words. I love this house. But it is going away soon forever.

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      Orlando Real Estate 6 years ago

      Amazing house and features you have there. How does it feel to live in such a historic dwelling?

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Lake Ivanhoe, College Park, the Orlando Science Center, and I could never forget Florida Hospital (2 children), Lake Eola by the Orlando Public Library--oh my, I'm a long way from "home." Silver Star Road to Eatonville's history, Rollins College atmosphere to Turkey Lake, nothing ever stays the same does it?

      You've given much to the beautiful house yet retained it's pink character, and you've added to its history. May the wonderful memories of your home be a blessing to your future.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      RTalloni— You know the area well. I have loved that house, that home. I suppose we cannot be too attached to things in this temporal world. All things must pass.

      Thank you for coming by to visit. I enjoyed your comments.

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       6 years ago

      Pilgrims...on a journey...a blink and the vapor passes...passing through this world to eternity...praise God...continuing to learn to be more like Him and be faithful to His Name and Word as we travel...may we keep our hands open before Him, letting go of the temporal to receive the eternal.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      This is amazing—this is the first time after well over 20,000 comments that I have received a comment with a blank space where your name should be. I did not know this was even possible.

      I certainly agree with what you wrote. We are but a vapor; we are pilgrims on a journey, passing through this world to eternity.

      Thank you for bringing these points home is such a beautiful way. I needed this centering.

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       6 years ago

      I just opened HP to find a note that you had left a comment on this article. Since the only thing that matters is that we are centered on Him, it doesn't matter that they did not give me credit for the comment. :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Well! I am too registered! How dare they...oh, how our pride can get the best of us.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      RTalloni— So, the anonymous commenter was you!? Well, I thank you for delivering this lovely and needful missive.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Orlando Real Estate. It feels great to live in an historic home, especially one that is so beautiful. Thank you for visiting my Hub!

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      I have always loved these homes, I have know quite a few people who live in some here not as old as yours. Since Oregon is one of the last States in the country to be added, homes were not here yet but when they came they came by the dozens. We have some towns just full of these old victorian beauties. I just know you will always be happy there, everybody I know who lives in them is. Homes with a history, are usually a very interesting and exciting place to live, from what I'v seen so far. Love your photo's of the house, and I miss Florida now. You live in a truly beautiful State, I will most likely visit it again I liked it so much.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Fluffy77— The Victorian style homes are magnificent! Unfortunately, I no longer live there. It was lost to foreclosure. But hey—I loved it while I had it. No possessions are permanent in this world anyway. That's they way I have to look at it.

      I have also left Florida after 18 years. I am back up in the cold northern woods of the Midwest, from whence I hail.

      Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your comments.

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      ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Wow, such a beautiful home.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      ChristineVianello— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      sproutdl 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Now I have to ask, and confess that I couldn't read all of the comments prior to this writing so it may be a repeat question for you, any Hauntings?

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      sproutdl— You are quite welcome! No, there haven't been any hauntings at the Princeton House. She is one of a kind though. And beautiful.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! :-)

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      cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      cgreen7090— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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