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Boyertown home, first in area to have electricity, up for sale

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - When you step inside one home in Boyertown, it's almost like taking a trip back in time.

"It is a bit of a museum. It has that style about it," David Larson. the owner of the historic home.

Built in 1896 by the Shaner brothers, the historic Victorian home at 103 North Reading Avenue in Boyertown looks the same as it did nearly 120 years ago.

"That was our goal... keep things as we found them, only repair them if they need repaired and live with it," said Larson.

Both of the fireplaces are original. So are the shutters that are in just about every room. And what's a historic home without an outhouse, right? But don't worry. It isn't used anymore.

"We modernized some things. We have a newer kitchen and a newer bathroom facilities on the second floor," said Larson, "but in terms of woodwork and architecture, it's the same that was here in 1896."

The nearly 3,000-square-foot home boasts five bedrooms, two bathrooms and 10-foot ceilings. It was the first house in the borough to have electricity.

"It was 1906, you know. The year they dug the Panama Canal is the year they put in electricity in this house," he said.

Now that Larson and his wife are empty-nesters, they are leaving the area. They said they hope to sell the home to someone who can appreciate it.

"We're looking for a crazy historian," said Larson. 

The official listing for the home prices it at $265,000. An open house is set for this weekend.


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