Abandoned Vermont: Reading House

Over the years, I’ve driven past this house many times getting that “abandoned” vibe from it, then noticing broken windows, overgrown brush, yet a mowed lawn. Maybe it wasn’t entirely abandoned, but certainly no one lived in this house. Finally I stopped to take some photographs. Considering how long it’s been neglected and vacant, it is in good condition. Who needs a house in Reading, Vermont? Advice for when you cannot information about a property (e.g. if it’s for sale): call the town offices.

Surrounded by trees.

Surrounded by trees.

The side of the house.

The side of the house.

The rear of the house is a bit more worn. But the slate roof is gorgeous.

The rear of the house is a bit more worn. But the slate roof is gorgeous.

The porch has seen better days, and this rear ell.

The porch has seen better days, and this rear ell.

Beautiful back porch (you probably remember this photo from an Instagram post).

Beautiful back porch (you probably remember this photo from an Instagram post).

The interior is not too far gone.

The interior is not too far gone.

Seen through the back door, not in such great shape.

Seen through the back door, not in such great shape.

But it might need some plaster. This Rutland Patching Plaster is from nearby Rutland, VT!

But it might need some plaster. This Rutland Patching Plaster is from nearby Rutland, VT!

Beautiful doorknobs!

Beautiful doorknobs!

Barn view from the porch.

Barn view from the porch.

Front of the barn.

Front of the barn.

The front of the house is hard to see from the road, as the road sits further behind this photographer.

The front of the house is hard to see from the road, as the road sits further behind this photographer.

What a beautiful property, isn’t it? It hasn’t been surveyed (that I can find), and is not listed in the State or National Register. However, I’m sure you could make a strong case for eligibility in Reading, VT. What do you love most: original windows, hardwood, wood details, doorknobs, slate roof?

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8 thoughts on “Abandoned Vermont: Reading House

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Isn’t it amazing though, how well nature takes over and recovers, it’s reassuring right now. Mind you it looks like a nice place, love all the wood.

  2. Melanie S. says:

    What I love most is that all of the elements you mention still co-exist in the same property! Wish I was on a position to purchase and preserve some lovely home like this.

  3. Melanie S. says:

    From a Preservation standpoint, I would never let an entity like Property Brothers touch this. They’d gut the place and destroy all its historic elements. This house needs preservation professionals, like the author of this wonderful blog!

    • Kaitlin says:

      Aw, thank you. And I agree, those HGTV shows (however much I love them) are terrible for historic houses! I have a ranting blog post about it (just search for HGTV in the blog search box if you’re interested).

  4. Dylan Stevens says:

    I am sad to report but this house is scheduled to be demolished this year by the town. The town of Reading owns this piece of property. It was given to them by a local family to be converted to a new fire station. I can remember my parents wanting to buy the property about ten years ago, wanting to restore it and live there. But the town refused to sell it at a above average offer. Now the town is complaining that it is going to cost them a fortune to get rid of it. How sad it is.

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