Magnificent setting in a Historic River Village, this property built in the early 1800’s is located on a designated scenic section of RT 151 in Middle Haddam, CT. Much of the authentic features have been retained while -kitchen and baths are updated. This home provides a surprisingly open layout for an older intimate sized home. The rear of the home, which includes a gorgeous heated 18’x14’ sunporch, is flanked with windows to take advantage of the beautiful backyard view and late day sun. Wood floors. A full bath on each floor with a 2nd floor laundry area. Gardens, specimen trees, rock walls and picket fences. The back yard offers significant privacy from neighboring homes, large deck area and outdoor shower closet. JEWEL of the property: 2+ story barn provides 616 sqft on each of the first 2 floors & topped with a windowed cupola. 1st floor has 2 garage bays & workshop. The equally generous 2nd floor, with a staircase as well as the “barn loft door”, stores all the seasonal equipment you could think of, ladder access to a loft area & the cupola; a widow’s watch offering seasonal views of the CT River. This is the Abel Shepard, Jr House, whose family had a significant role in the Shipbuilding Industry, a prominent part of the Maritime Heritage of Middle Haddam. Located on the eastern bank of the CT River, the village has maintained its charm and propensity to outdoor and nautical activities & sense of community, yet convenient for those who commute.