In its 300-plus years, the house has been owned by...

In its 300-plus years, the house has been owned by just four families. Credit: Tour Factory/Andy Limjoco

A cedar and clapboard Colonial home in Huntington that dates back to 1705 and was built by ancestors of poet Walt Whitman is listing for $750,000.

Known as the "Whitman-Rome" house for the first two families who owned it, the home has been owned by just four families in its 300-plus years, says listing agent Monica McMahon, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Walt Whitman’s great-grandfather Nehemiah lived in the house and his grandfather Jesse was born there.

Updates to the house include central heat and air, fixed...

Updates to the house include central heat and air, fixed sills, walls, floors and ceilings and a new kitchen. Credit: Tour Factory/Andy Limjoco

Claire and Richard Seibert, the current owners, bought the house in 1995.

"We have done a tremendous amount of work to make it into a livable, modern, not falling down house," Claire Seibert says.

The upgrades include a retrofitted basement, reinforced foundation, updated electricity, central heat and air, fixed sills, walls, floors and ceilings, new kitchen, renovated bathroom, and a new barn and paddock. What was historically the summer kitchen – where the family would cook during summer months to keep the house cooler – now serves as a den.

The property has a 3-stall barn, greenhouse and koi pond.  

The property has a 3-stall barn, greenhouse and koi pond.   Credit: Tour Factory/Andy Limjoco

A cemetery on the grounds played an integral role in the family’s life, Seibert notes.

"We had amazing Halloween parties at the cemetery," says Seibert. "It was a great house for the kids to grow up in. Lots of land. Lots of privacy and fun."

Located on 1.93 acres, the four-bedroom, one full and two half-bath house has a 3-stall barn, greenhouse and koi pond.

The annual property taxes are $12,065.

"We feel so connected to it, but it’s time to move on," Seibert says.

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