List of the oldest buildings in the United States
This article attempts to list the oldest extant, freestanding buildings constructed in the United States and its territories. The list includes sites in current states and territories which were not part of the original Thirteen Colonies when the United States of America was founded in 1776. Sites on the list are generally from the First Period of American architecture or earlier.
|Ancestral Puebloan communities||New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah||NM
|750 – Pueblo construction began in AD 750, and ended around 1300 AD with the third era of the Pueblo people.||Villages||Majority of settlements abandoned, but some very well preserved. Buildings have been within the United States since the Mexican Cession of 1848.|
|Chaco Canyon||New Mexico
(Between Albuquerque and Farmington)
|NM||800 - "During the middle and late 800s, the great houses of Pueblo Bonito, Una Vida, and Peñasco Blanco were constructed, followed by Hungo Pavi, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo Alto, and others."||Residential,
|"The cultural flowering of the Chacoan people began in the mid 800s and lasted more than 300 years."|
|Taos Pueblo||north of the modern city of Taos||NM||1000 – Built between 1000 and 1450||Residential||Said to be the oldest continuously inhabited houses still occupied. Buildings have been within the United States since the Mexican Cession of 1848.|
|Acoma Pueblo||on top of a 367-foot (112 m) sandstone mesa in Cibola County||NM||1000 – Built between 1000 and 1200||Residential||Said to be the oldest continuously inhabited site in the United States. Buildings have been within the United States since the Mexican Cession of 1848.|
|Cliff Palace||Mesa Verde National Park||CO||1190||Residential||Largest cliff dwelling in North America. Buildings have been within the United States since the Mexican Cession of 1848.|
|De Vargas Street House||215 East De Vargas Street, Santa Fe||NM||1200||Residential||An ancient Indian Pueblo dating from around 1200 AD|
|Casa Grande||Coolidge||AZ||c. 1200s||Religious||Hohokam structures built in the 13th century that includes a large 4 story structure that's protected by a New Deal era canopy.|
|House of Taga||Tinian||MP||before 1500||Residential||The latte stone structure is believed to have been the home of a Chamorro chief. The structure has been on US territory since 1978 when the Northern Mariana Islands became a US commonwealth.|
|Cathedral of San Juan Bautista||Old San Juan||PR||1521||Religious||Part of the San Juan National Historic Site. Oldest church building in the U.S. and its territories, originally built in its modern day location (extensive additions and renovations). The Cathedral has been on U.S. territory since Puerto Rico was annexed in 1898.|
|San José Church||Old San Juan||PR||1532||Religious||Part of the San Juan National Historic Site. Additions and renovations over the centuries. The church has been on U.S. territory since Puerto Rico was annexed in 1898.|
|La Fortaleza||Old San Juan||PR||1533||Government||Part of the San Juan National Historic Site. Oldest executive mansion in the New World. Extensive reconstructions took place over the centuries. Building has been within the U.S. since 1898 when Puerto Rico was annexed.|
|Castillo San Felipe del Morro||Old San Juan||PR||1539||Government||Part of the San Juan National Historic Site. Construction started in 1539, with extensive additions over the centuries. Building has been within the U.S. since 1898 when Puerto Rico was annexed.|
|Porta Coeli||San Germán||PR||1609||Religious||The church has been on US territory since Puerto Rico was annexed in 1898.|
|Palace of the Governors||Santa Fe||NM||1610||Government||Oldest seat of colonial government (Spanish). Building has been within the United States since the Mexican Cession of 1848.|
|San Miguel Mission||Santa Fe||NM||1610||Government/religious||Said to be the oldest church structure built in the United States. The original adobe walls and altar were built by the Tlaxcalan of Mexico, but much of the structure was rebuilt in 1710. Building has been within the United States since the Mexican Cession of 1848.|
|Fairbanks House||Dedham||MA||1641||Residential||Oldest house in the United States of timber-frame construction. Date verified using dendrochronology.|
|C. A. Nothnagle Log House||Gibbstown||NJ||c. 1638–1643||Residential||Purportedly the oldest surviving log house in the U.S. and the oldest house in New Jersey.|
|A carpenter's shed||Gardiners Island||NY||1639||Residential||The oldest surviving wooden structure built in New York and was purportedly built when Lion Gardiner first settled on the island.|
|Henry Whitfield House||Guilford||CT||1639||Residential||Oldest stone American Colonial house; oldest house in Connecticut.|
|Jamestown Church||Jamestown||VA||1639–1643||Religious||Oldest church building in the eastern US (though only the foundations remain from the original brick building).|
|Loomis Homestead||Windsor||CT||1640||Residential||One of the oldest timber-frame houses in America. The oldest part of the house was built in 1640 by Joseph Loomis, who came to America from England in 1638. Later additions to the Loomis house were made around the turn of the 18th century. It is now a part of the Loomis Chaffee School.|
|Richard Sparrow House||Plymouth||MA||1640||Residential||Oldest house in Plymouth, Massachusetts.|
|Broad Bay Manor||Virginia Beach||VA||c. 1640 or c. 1660||Residential||Purportedly the oldest extant European-built house in the southeastern United States. Built by Thomas Allen either c. 1640 or c. 1660 on land granted to him by Governor Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr. The small center portion of what is now a much larger structure, it was primarily constructed from Flemish bond brick. Corroborative dating efforts have not been performed. It has always been a private residence. It is located in the Broad Bay Colony part of northeastern Virginia Beach.|
|Lower Swedish Cabin||Drexel Hill||PA||c. 1640–1650||Residential||One of the earliest extant examples of Swedish log construction in the United States.|
|Wing Fort House||East Sandwich||MA||1641||Residential||Oldest home in New England continuously owned by the same family; now a museum.|
|Thomas Wheeler House||Bridgeport||CT||1644–1680||Residential||Core from 1644, expanded 1680, oldest house in Bridgeport Black Rock Harbor, residence.|
|James Noyes House||Newbury||MA||1646||Residential||Reverend James Noyes left Wiltshire, England, with his brother, Nicholas Noyes and cousin, Thomas Parker, bound for MA in the mid 1630s and built this house, which still stands, in 1646.|
|De Vargas Street House||Santa Fe||NM||1646||Residential||Previously claimed to be oldest house in the United States and Santa Fe.|
|General Israel Putnam House||Danvers||MA||c. 1648||Residential||Recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. The house is now operated by the Danvers Historical Society and open by appointment.|
|Pickering House||Salem||MA||1651||Residential||Located in the Chestnut Street District.|
|Wyckoff House||Brooklyn||NY||1652||Residential||Oldest house in New York City.|
|White Horse Tavern||Newport||RI||1652||Tavern||Oldest tavern in America. Originally constructed in 1652 as a residence for judge Francis Brinley, converted to a tavern in 1673.|
|Block House||Claymont||DE||1654||Residential||One of the oldest structures in Delaware, built by the Swedish.|
|Ryves Holt House||Lewes||DE||1655||Residential||Purportedly the oldest house in Delaware.|
|Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead||East Elmhurst||NY||1656||Residential||Oldest occupied residential structure in Queens, New York.|
|Newman-Fiske-Dodge House||Wenham||MA||1658||Residential||Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.|
|Bellingham-Cary House||Chelsea||MA||1724||Residential||The Bellingham-Cary House is an historic house museum at 34 Parker Street in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The building, now a Federal style mansion, incorporates in its structure the 1659 hunting lodge of colonial governor Richard Bellingham, and is the only surviving 18th-century building in the city. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.|
|Old Halsey House||Southampton||NY||1683||Residential||Built by Thomas Halsey, an English pioneer, the house is now a museum.|
|Stephen Northup House||North Kingstown||RI||ca. 1660–1661 (possibly rebuilt)||Residential||possibly burned during King Philip's War in the 1670s and rebuilt, later modifications 1712, 1850, 2004|
|Thomas Lee House||East Lyme||CT||1660–1664||Residential||One of the oldest wood-frame houses in Connecticut still in its primitive state.|
|James Blake House||Boston||MA||c. 1661||Residential||Oldest house in the city of Boston.|
|John Bowne House||Flushing, Queens||NY||c. 1661||Residential||Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.|
|Reverend James Keith Parsonage||West Bridgewater||MA||1662||Residential||Preserved and maintained by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society.|
|Bronck House||Coxsackie||NY||1663||Residential||Oldest house in upstate New York.|
|Richard Jackson House||Portsmouth||NH||1664||Residential||Oldest house in New Hampshire.|
|Pickman House||Salem||MA||1664||Residential||Located on Charter Street behind the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continually operated museum in America. The house abuts the Witch Memorial and is also next to the second oldest burying ground in America. The house is private, owned by the Peabody Essex Museum and not open for tours.|
|Gedney House||Salem||MA||1665||Residential||Allegedly the second oldest house in the City of Salem, located in the Chestnut Street District and operated as a non-profit museum by Historic New England. The house is rarely open to the public, though private tours can be arranged.|
|Bacon's Castle||Surry||VA||1665||Residential||Located at 465 Bacon's Castle Trail, this is perhaps the oldest non-ruined building with satisfactorily credible age authentication still standing in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of the oldest brick buildings still standing in the United States. If Broad Bay Manor's age is authenticated, it could predate Bacon's Castle by up to 25 years.|
|Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House||Staten Island||NY||1665 c.||Residential||Built by Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot pioneer, the house is now a museum.|
|Fort Christian||Charlotte Amalie||VI||1666-1680||Military||Fort originally built by the Danish, oldest building in the US Virgin Islands. Has been on US soil since the 1917 purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.|
|Jabez Howland House||Plymouth||MA||1667||Residential||Only extant house in Plymouth occupied by Pilgrims. John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley Howland, who both came over on the Mayflower, spent their winters here with their son, Jabez, one of their ten children. Also a National Historic Landmark.|
|Peter Tufts House||Medford||MA||1667–1668||Residential||Some historians consider it to be the oldest all-brick house in the United States.|
|House of the Seven Gables||Salem||MA||1668||Residential||National Historic Landmark, setting of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel.|
|Timothy Knapp House||Rye||NY||1670||Residential||Considered the oldest residential property in Westchester County, New York. The property has been owned by only five families between 1663 and 1992. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.|
|Abraham Manee House||Staten Island||NY||1670||Residential||The Abraham Manee House, also known as the Manee-Seguine Homestead, is a three-part Colonial Dutch dwelling similar to the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House in Old Town, and was designated a New York City landmark in 1984.|
|Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum||Stonington||CT||ca. 1700||Farmhouse||The farm has been worked every year since 1654.|
|Newport Tower||Newport||RI||1670 c. (disputed to be older)||Commercial||Colonial windmill. No roof or floors since the mid-18th century.|
|Nehemiah Royce House||Wallingford||CT||1672||Residential||A typical saltbox, this house was visited by George Washington in 1775.|
|John Woodward House||Newton||MA||c. 1671||Residential||Built by John Woodward in what is now the Waban neighborhood, this is one of the oldest homes in Newton. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Castillo de San Marcos||St. Augustine||FL||1672–1695||Government||Oldest masonry fortification in the United States.|
|Old Trinity Church, Maryland||Church Creek||MD||1675||Religious||Church building in continuous use; as such, oldest in the United States.|
|Narbonne House||Salem||MA||1675||Residential||The house is on the waterfront in Salem and is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The site has 12 historic structures, including the Customs House, and a replica of the sailing ship Friendship of Salem.|
|Conference House||Staten Island||NY||c. 1675||Residential||Only pre-Revolutionary manor house still surviving in New York City.|
|Hoxie House||Sandwich||MA||c. 1675||Residential||One of the oldest houses on Cape Cod.|
|The Witch House||Salem||MA||c. 1675||Residential||Also called the Jonathan Corwin House, this was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin and is the only structure still standing in Salem, Massachusetts with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692. Even though Jonathan Corwin's descendants claim the house was built in 1642, most historians now believe the house was built c. 1675. The house, located in the Chestnut Street District, is now a museum operated by the City of Salem and is open seasonally.|
|John Hollister House||South Glastonbury||CT||c. 1675||Residential||Seventeenth century deeds describe this house being on "The Great River".|
|Edward Sewall Garrison||Exeter||NH||1676||Residential|
|Harlow Old Fort House||Plymouth||MA||1677||Residential||Built in 1677 by Sergeant William Harlow, using timbers from the Pilgrims' original fort on Burial Hill.|
|Edward Searle House||Cranston||RI||1677||Residential||The house was rebuilt in 1677 on the site of the original 1670 structure, destroyed by Native Americans during King Philip's War.|
|John Whipple House||Ipswich||MA||1677||Residential||In 2005 a dendrochronology test determined that the earliest surviving part of the house was actually built in 1677. A major addition of roughly equal size was built in 1690, and there are various later additions.|
|Joshua Hempstead House||New London||CT||1678||Residential||Built about 1678 and altered several times during the 18th century, it is one of the Connecticut's oldest surviving buildings, and provides a virtual catalog of early construction methods due to its state of preservation.|
|Coffin House||Newbury||MA||c. 1678||Residential||Built by Tristram Coffin, Jr., in 1678, the property remained within the Coffin family until acquired by Historic New England in 1929. It is now a museum.|
|Boelson Cottage||Philadelphia||PA||c. 1678–84||Residential||Built sometime between 1678 and 1684; oldest extant structure in Fairmount Park and possibly the oldest extant house in Philadelphia.|
|Smith's Castle||Wickford||RI||1678||Residential||One of the oldest houses in Rhode Island, now a museum.|
|Blackbeard's Castle||Charlotte Amalie||VI||1679||Military||Watchtower used by the Danes to protect the harbor from attacks. Has been on US soil since the 1917 purchase of the islands from Denmark.|
|Clement Weaver House||East Greenwich||RI||1679||Residential||Oldest privately owned house in Rhode Island.|
|John Balch House||Beverly||MA||c. 1679||Residential||John Balch received the deed to the land on which the house sits in 1635; the building was constructed by Balch's son and grandson in 1678/1679, and is one of the oldest continuously privately deeded properties in the United States. The original structure in the front dates to 1679, while the back half addition is dated to 1721; these data have been verified using dendrochronology.|
|Paul Revere House||Boston||MA||c. 1680||Residential||Oldest building in downtown Boston.|
|William Penn Guest House||New Castle||DE||c. 1680||Residential||Oldest buildings in New Castle. Purportedly where William Penn lodged after first arrival in America.|
|Hurd House||Woodbury||CT||c. 1680||Residential||The older, north section, dates to around 1680 and was the home of John Hurd, who became the town’s miller in 1681. The south section, which may have originally been the home of Hurd’s son, was added to the older structure in 1718, to increase the overall size of the house.|
|John Adams Birthplace||Quincy||MA||1722||Farmhouse||Oldest existing building within which a future President of the United States was born (John Adams, October 30, 1735)|
|Old Ship Church||Hingham||MA||1681||Religious||Oldest church in continuous ecclesiastical use in the United States; only remaining 17th-century Puritan meeting house in America.|
|St. Luke's Church||Smithfield||VA||1682||Religious||Recent dendrochronology studies confirm the 1682 date of this National Historic Landmark.|
|Wall House||Cheltenham Township||PA||1682||Residential||Possibly the oldest stone house in Pennsylvania. Built for Richard Wall, the founder of Cheltenham Township.|
|Third Haven Meeting House||Talbot County||MD||1682||Religious||Oldest Quaker meeting house in the United States.|
|Parson Capen House||Topsfield||MA||1683||Residential||The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The Topsfield Historical Society currently operates it as a historic house museum.|
|Caleb Pusey House||Upland||PA||1683||Residential||Only extant building known to have been visited by William Penn. Completed in 1696.|
|Sgt. George Flint House||North Reading||MA||prior to 1684||Residential||The Sgt. George Flint House is owned by the North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society, which also owns the Rev. Daniel Putnam House in North Reading (built in 1720).|
|Old Indian Meeting House||Mashpee||MA||1684||Religious||Oldest Native American church.|
|John Ward House||Salem||MA||1684||Residential||The John Ward House is a National Historic Landmark at 132 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts, located in the Downtown Salem District and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1968.|
|Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow||Sleepy Hollow||NY||1685||Religious||Oldest church in the State of New York.|
|Sign of the Bird in Hand||Newtown Borough||PA||1686||Tavern||Originally a residence, then tavern with other uses. Oldest frame house still standing in Pennsylvania. Famous as the site of the 1778 Newtown Skirmish during which Loyalists killed 5 and captured 16 to acquire cloth being manufactured for use by Washington's troops at Valley Forge. Now a private residence.|
|Jethro Coffin House||Nantucket||MA||1686||Residential||Oldest house on Nantucket. It was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1968.|
|William Murray House||Salem||MA||1688||Residential||A historic house at 39 Essex Street.|
|Wilbor House||Little Compton||RI||1690||Residential||Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, the house serves as the headquarters of the Little Compton Historical Society.|
|Acadian House||Guilford||CT||c. 1690||Residential||The house gets its name after the Acadians who resided there following the 1755 Great Expulsion.|
|Farmar Mill||Fort Washington||PA||c. 1690||Mill||Oldest surviving mill in Pennsylvania.|
|Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm||Newbury||MA||c. 1690||Residential||One of the oldest stone buildings in New England, now a nonprofit museum.|
|Hyland-Wildman House||Guilford||CT||ca. 1713||Residential||Open to the public since 1918. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.|
|Thomas Hastings House||Newton||MA||ca. 1719||Residence|
|Parker Tavern||Reading||MA||1694||Tavern||Parker Tavern is now a museum owned by the Reading Antiquarian Society.|
|Old Quaker Meeting House||Flushing, Queens||NY||1694||Religious||The only surviving example in New York State of a typical 17th-century ecclesiastical frame structure of medieval design.|
|Pink House||Charleston||SC||1694–1712||Residential||Built by John Breton in the city's French Quarter, the house is one of the oldest buildings in South Carolina and the oldest building in Charleston.|
|Abraham Browne House||Watertown||MA||c. 1694–1701||Residential||Built by Abraham Browne, the house is the oldest remaining in Watertown. It is owned by Historic New England and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Wren Building||Williamsburg||VA||1695||School||Oldest school building in America, original The College of William & Mary structure.|
|Merion Friends Meeting House||Merion Station||PA||1695||Religious||One of the oldest Quaker meeting houses in America.|
|John Sherburne House||Portsmouth||NH||1695||Residential|
|Holy Trinity Church||Wilmington||DE||1698–99||Religious||Oldest Swedish church in the United States. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.|
|Great Friends Meeting House||Newport||RI||1699||Religious||Expanded in 1730, 1807, 1857, and 1867 to accommodate the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.|
|Hoyt-Barnum House||Stamford||CT||c. 1699||Residential||The builder was a descendant of one of the original founders of Stamford. The structure is owned and maintained as a museum by the Stamford Historical Society.|
|Middleburg Plantation||Huger||SC||c. 1699||Residential||Possibly the oldest building in South Carolina. It was a plantation built by a French Huguenot Benjamin Simons in 1699 on the Cooper River near Huger, South Carolina.|
|Old House||Cutchogue||NY||1699||Residential||One of the oldest houses in the state; previously thought to have been built in 1649. 2003 dendrochronology surveys yielded a date of 1699.|
|Strawbery Banke||Portsmouth||NH||numerous structures – 17th–19th centuries||Residential and Industrial||Strawbery Banke is a collection of 37 historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.|
|Jonathan Young Windmill||Orleans||MA||Early 1700s||Industrial||The Jonathan Young Windmill is a restored, working early eighteenth-century windmill with its original machinery intact, located next to Town Cove in Orleans.|
|Benoni Fox House||Concord||MA||1700||Residential||This is one of the oldest buildings of the Fox family in the United States.|
|Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church||Philadelphia||PA||1700||Religious||Oldest surviving church in Philadelphia.|
|Edward Morgan Log House||Towamencin||PA||1700||Residential||Home to the maternal grandfather of Daniel Boone and Daniel Morgan|
|Brinton 1704 House||West Chester||PA||1704||Residential||One of the oldest houses in Pennsylvania. Built by a Quaker family. A National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Wayside Inn Historic District||Sudbury||MA||1707||Residential/Tavern||Located on the Old Boston Post Road and made famous in a collection of poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.|
|The Hosmer Homestead||Concord||MA||c. 1707–1710||Residential||The Hosmer Homestead, also known as the Hosmer/Baker Farm, is an historic house at 138 Baker Avenue in Concord, Massachusetts. The oldest portion of this 2-1/2 story wood frame house was probably built c. 1707 - 1710 by Stephen Hosmer, based on architectural evidence. The property has a long association with the Hosmer family, who were early settlers of Concord and who have played a significant role in the growth and civic life of the town. The house interior has well-preserved Georgian woodwork and plaster.|
|McIntire Garrison House||York||ME||1707 or later||Residential/Military||Possibly the oldest building in Maine.|
|Buckman Tavern||Lexington||MA||1709–1710||Tavern||It played a prominent role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775. It was declared a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Capt. Jonathan Parker House||Reading||MA||ca 1710||Residential||Still a private residence at Charles and Pearl Sts.|
|Buttolph-Williams House||Wethersfield||CT||1711||Residential||One of the oldest surviving homes in Wethersfield, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.|
|The Powder Magazine||Charleston||SC||1713||Government||Oldest public building in South Carolina. The Powder Magazine Museum.|
|Old State House||Boston||MA||1713||Government||Oldest surviving public building in Boston. The Bostonian Society Museum.|
|Perth Amboy City Hall||Perth Amboy||NJ||1714–1717||Government||Oldest city hall in US.|
|Samuel Chase House||West Newbury||MA||1715||Residential||A rare brick house of the period. A story passed down in the Chase family says that bricks for the house were made on the family's farm and carried to the job site by Hannah Chase in her apron.|
|Colonial Inn||Concord||MA||1716||Commercial||Still an operating inn and restaurant.|
|Benjamin Flagg House||Worcester||MA||c. 1717||Residential||Built by Capt. Benjamin Flagg, it is the oldest remaining home in Worcester. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Lane House||Edenton||NC||1718–19||Residential||Oldest house in North Carolina identified by dendrochronology.|
|Massachusetts Hall||Cambridge||MA||1718–1720||School||Oldest extant building at Harvard University.|
|King of Prussia Inn||King of Prussia||PA||1719||Tavern||Granted its name to the town that grew up around it.|
|Rev. Daniel Putnam House||North Reading||MA||1720||Residential||Headquarters of the North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society. The society also owns the Sgt. George Flint House in North Reading, which was built prior to 1684.|
|Garretson Forge and Farm||Fair Lawn||NJ||1720||Residential||One of the oldest homes in Bergen County, New Jersey.|
|Bray House||Kittery Point||ME||c. 1720||Residential||Built on the site of an earlier structure built in c. 1662, it is among the oldest houses in Maine.|
|Wayside Cottage||Scarsdale||NY||c. 1720||Residential||One of the oldest houses in Westchester County, NY. Owned and operated by the Junior League of Central Westchester.|
|Strode's Mill||West Chester||PA||C. 1721||Residential|
|González–Alvarez House||St. Augustine||FL||c. 1723||Residential||Probably constructed between 1723 and 1790. Oldest house in St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental United States.|
|Alamo Mission Long Barracks||San Antonio||TX||c. 1724||Religious||The Alamo Chapel and Priests quarters and convent (Long Barracks) in San Antonio. In the center of the surrounding area are the remains of the "Long Barracks" which were constructed 20 years before the Chapel. Founded in 1718 and moved to present site 1724.|
|Reuben Brown House||Concord||MA||1725||Residential||Built in 1725 by the town saddler, Reuben Brown. There is also a strong tradition that the house was the home of Peter Bulkeley, which is why the house is often referred to as the Peter Bulkeley / Reuben Brown House. The evidence is still unclear whether or not the Bulkeleys did build the house some 300 years ago. What historians can conclude, however, is that the house was either completely updated or built by Reuben Brown in 1725, since most of the house's present features are typical of houses from 1700 to 1730.|
|Fort Niagara||Youngstown||NY||1726||Fortification||Built in 1726 by the French as a "house of peace". Taken by the British in 1759, the fledgling United States regained control by treaty in 1796. It was lost to the British in 1813, but was relinquished as a result of the Treaty of Ghent, and has remained in the hands of the United States ever since.|
|James Smith House||Needham||MA||1727–1728||Residential||The house was built by James Smith, a recent Irish immigrant. HIs son, Captain Robert Smith, who commanded one of the militia companies from Needham engaged in the fighting the day of the Battle of Concord Bridge, may have been born and lived here.|
|48 Hudson Avenue||Albany||NY||1728||Residential||Oldest stand-alone structure in Albany.|
|Findowrie||Albemarle County||VA||1730||Residential||Claimed as the oldest unaltered residence in Virginia.|
|Williams House, Historic Deerfield||Deerfield||MA||c. 1730||Residential||One of the oldest houses in Old Deerfield, although extensively remodeled in the 19th century. The original area of Deerfield has been preserved and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Ephrata Cloister||Lancaster County||PA||1732||Religious||Last surviving resident of the Ephrata Cloister religious community died on July 27, 2008, at the age of 98.|
|Quackenbush House||Albany||NY||1736||Residential||Until recently considered the oldest house and structure in the city of Albany and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently the location of the Olde English Pub & Pantry.|
|339 Beechwood St.||Cohasset||MA||1739||Residential||Still a private residence. The story passed down is that the large buttonwood tree in front of the house was planted on the day one of the sons in the family marched off to go fight in the Revolutionary War.|
|Oxford Furnace||Oxford Township||NJ||1741||Furnace||First hot blast furnace in the United States.|
|St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va.||Richmond, Virginia||VA||1741||Religious||Site of Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson among other notables in attendance.|
|Fort Matanzas||St. Johns County||FL||1740–42||Presidio||Designated a United States National Monument on October 15, 1924.|
|Amos Chase House||Saco||ME||ca 1743||Residential||Oldest building in Saco. It was actually two houses, one of which was brought over on logs used as rollers, and joined to the other by the industrious Amos Chase to accommodate his large family.|
|Old Ursuline Convent||New Orleans||LA||1748 (or 1752)||Religious||Considered the oldest building in Louisiana, and perhaps the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley|
|Presidio La Bahía||Goliad||TX||1749||Presidio||The best preserved Spanish presidio in the United States.|
|Deacon Thomas Kendall House||Wakefield||MA||prior to 1750||Residential||Deacon Thomas Kendall was among the earliest settlers of the area, and an influential member of the community, serving as a selectman, commissioner, and deacon of the church for 36 years. He and his wife, Rebecca, had 10 children, and when she died, at the age of 85, she had 175 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.|
|Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse||Christiansted||VI||1750||Commercial||Built as a trading center for the Danish on the island of St.Croix. Has been on US soil since the 1917 purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.|
|Parlange Plantation House||Mix||LA||1750||Plantation||One of the oldest plantation homes in the South and perhaps the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley|
|Mount Holly Firehouse||Mount Holly||NJ||1752||Firehouse||Oldest firehouse in the United States, established by what is now the country's oldest continuously operating volunteer fire department.|
|Fort de Chartres Powder Magazine||Prairie du Rocher||IL||1753–1756||Government||Oldest building in Illinois.|
|Pirates' House||Savannah||GA||c. 1754||Mix||Possibly the oldest building in Georgia, and the oldest building in the city of Savannah.|
|Josiah Day House||West Springfield||MA||c. 1754||Residential||It is believed to be the oldest known brick saltbox style house in the U.S. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Fort William Henry||Lake George||NY||1755||Military||Built during the French and Indian War, it was featured in James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The Last of the Mohicans.|
|LaPointe-Krebs House||Pascagoula||MS||1757||Mix||The oldest building in Mississippi, and the state's only surviving French Colonial structure.|
|General Rufus Putnam House||Rutland||MA||1760–1765||Residential||Rufus Putnam was a Revolutionary War general and later instrumental in the founding of Ohio. His home is now a B&B.|
|Derby House||Salem||MA||1762||Residential||Capt. Richard Derby was the first millionaire in America. The home is now part of Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The site has 12 historic structures, including the Customs House, and a replica of the sailing ship Friendship of Salem.|
|Proprietary House||Perth Amboy||NJ||1762||Government||Oldest remaining colonial proprietary governor's residence in the original Thirteen States.|
|Touro Synagogue||Newport||RI||1763||Religious||Oldest synagogue building in the United States.|
|Fort Pitt Blockhouse||Pittsburgh||PA||1764||Defense||Oldest structure in Pittsburgh. One of the oldest colonial structures west of the Allegheny mountains.|
|Sandy Hook Light||Sandy Hook||NJ||1764||Lighthouse||Oldest original lighthouse in US.|
|St. John's Episcopal Church||Fort Washington||MD||1767||Religious||Located in the Broad Creek Historic District. The building is the 4th iteration of the church since the original was erected in 1695.[better source needed]|
|Harmony Hall||Fort Washington||MD||1769||Residence||Located in the Broad Creek Historic District. It was originally known as Battersea, and overlooked the colonial port of Aire.[better source needed]|
|William Henry House||Bennington||VT||1769||Residential|
|University Hall (Brown University)||Providence||RI||1770||School||Oldest extant building at Brown University|
|Maryland State House||Annapolis||MD||1772||Government||Oldest state house in continuous use in the United States.|
|Josiah Bartlett House||Kingston||NH||1774||Residential||Josiah Bartlett was a medical doctor, governor of New Hampshire, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.|
|Humphrey Bradstreet Farm||Rowley||MA||ca 1774||Residential||The Humphrey Bradstreet Farm is the second-oldest continuously operating farm in the United States. Humphrey Bradstreet was granted the property in 1635 by King Charles I, and it stayed in the Bradstreet family for the next 372 years, until purchased by the town of Rowley.|
|Mission San Juan Capistrano||San Juan Capistrano||CA||1776||Mission||Oldest surviving building in California.|
|Fuller-Bemis House||Waltham||MA||c. 1776||Residential||One of the oldest surviving homes in Waltham. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Christopher Taylor House||Jonesborough||TN||1778||Residential||Possibly the oldest building in Tennessee, along with The Carter Mansion .|
|Fort Putnam||West Point||NY||1778||Military||Ft. Putnam was built by the regiment of Rufus Putnam during the Revolutionary War to guard the Hudson River. It is now part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.|
|Officer's Stone Quarters||Fort Mackinac||MI||1780||Military||Oldest building in Michigan.|
|Hessian Barracks||Frederick||MD||c. 1780||Military||Possibly dating back to the French and Indian Wars (1754–1763), used as barracks for Hessian mercenaries during the American Revolutiony War. On the grounds of the Maryland School for the Deaf.|
|Morven Park||Leesburg||VA||c. 1780||Residential||Home of Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis. The earliest parts of the structure were built circa 1780 and the building was significantly expanded in the decades that followed. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Peirce–Nichols House||Salem||MA||1782||Residential||Owned by the Peabody Essex Museum|
|Dyckman House||Inwood, Manhattan||NY||1784||Residential||Only remaining original farmhouse in Manhattan|
|Rehoboth Church||Union||WV||1785||Ecclesiastical||Oldest extant church in West Virginia|
|Rufus Putnam House and Campus Martius||Marietta||OH||1788||Residential/military||Gen. Rufus Putnam's house was built as part of the Campus Martius fort. It is now part of the Campus Martius Museum.|
|Historic Locust Grove||Louisville||KY||1790||Residential||Possibly the oldest building in Kentucky. In close competition with Old Providence Church, Hawkins House, Jacob Eversole Cabin, John Andrew Miller House, Millspring, and the Zachary Taylor House|
|Carpenter House||Rehoboth||MA||c. 1789||Residential||Built by Thomas Carpenter III circa 1789 using older materials from a building that was already on the site. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Ohio Company Land Office||Marietta||OH||1791||Commercial||The oldest building in Ohio.|
|Stone-Tolan House||Brighton||NY||c. 1792||Residential||A Federal-style structure said to be the oldest surviving building in Monroe County.|
|Louis Bolduc House||Ste. Geneviève||MO||1792||Residential||The oldest building in Missouri.|
|Mission San Xavier del Bac||Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation||AZ||1797||Mission||Oldest European structure in Arizona.|
|Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine||St. Augustine, Florida||FL||1798||Religious||The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the first parish in North America and is located in St. Augustine Florida. It is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of St. Augustine. The existing structure was constructed over five years (1793–1797) and was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970.|
|Molalla Log House||Molalla||OR||1799–1813||Residential/military||It is potentially the oldest building in Oregon and was possibly constructed by Russian colonists or other fur traders. The next closest contenders are the Methodist Mission Parsonage c.1841, the Jason Lee House c.1841, the Delaney-Edwards House c.1845, the John McLoughlin House c.1846, and the John D. Boon House c. 1846|
|Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad||Umatac||GU||1802-1819||Military||Built by the Spanish, and was used to protect the trade route of the Manila Galleons between Acapulco, Mexico, and Manila, Philippines. Fort has been on US soil since 1898 when Guam was annexed along with Puerto Rico.|
|Grouseland||Vincennes||IN||1804||Residential||Possibly the oldest building in Indiana. It is in close competition with the Indiana Territorial Capitol.|
|Joel Eddins House||Huntsville||AL||1808||Residential||The oldest documented building in Alabama.|
|Woolwich Historical Society||Woolwich||ME||1810||Residential||The society's headquarters is an 1810 farmhouse. It is possible that elements of the building date back further, since the property was occupied by the James Savage family half a century before that.|
|Baranov Museum||Kodiak||AK||c. 1810||Commercial||The oldest building in Alaska. It was built as a storage facility by the Russian American Company.|
|Russian Fort Elizabeth||Waimea||HI||1817||Military||Fort built by the Russian-American Company to protect Russian interests in the Pacific.|
|Ka Hale Lāʻau||Honolulu||HI||1820||Residence||The oldest wood frame structure still standing in Hawaii. It was shipped ready-made for assembly from Boston and used as a communal home by Christian missionaries.|
|Oak Hill||Aldie||VA||1820–1822||Residence||The mansion and plantation of President James Monroe where he lived, on and off, for 22 years. It is privately owned and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Fort Snelling Round Tower||Hennepin County||MN||1820–1824||Military||The oldest building in Minnesota.|
|Rockland||Leesburg||VA||c. 1822||Residence||Home of the locally prominent Rust family. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Woodruff Print Shop||Little Rock||AR||1824||Commercial||The oldest building in the state of Arkansas.|
|Fort Leavenworth 'The Rookery'||Leavenworth||KS||1829||Military||The oldest building in Kansas.|
|Louis Arriandeaux Log House||Dubuque||IA||1833||Residential||The oldest building in the state of Iowa.|
|St. Thomas Synagogue||Charlotte Amalie||VI||1833||Religious||Second oldest synagogue in on US soil, and has the longest continuous use as a Jewish congregation in the nation. Has been on US soil since the 1917 purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.|
|Rancho Petaluma Adobe||Petaluma||CA||1835-1857||Residential/Military||This large adobe ranch house was built by Colonel Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Commandante General of the "Free State of Alta California" (Northern California). Now known as the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, it is owned by the State of California and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Log Cabin||Bellevue||NE||c. 1835||Residential||The oldest building in Nebraska. It originally served as a fur trapper's home.|
|Hulihee Palace||Kailua, Kona||HI||1838||Residential||Originally built by John Adams Kuakini, it was later acquired by Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani and used as a vacation home for Hawaiian royalty.|
|Judge Robert S. Wilson House||Ann Arbor||MI||c. 1839||Residential|
|President's House, University of Michigan||Ann Arbor||MI||1840||Residential||The oldest building at Michigan's oldest university.|
|Fort Gibson Barracks||Fort Gibson||OK||c. 1840||Military||The oldest building in Oklahoma. In close competition with the Cherokee National Supreme Court building.|
|Kawaiahaʻo Church||Honolulu||HI||1842||Religious||Formerly the national church of the Hawaiian Kingdom and chapel of the royal family. Designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1962.|
|Punahou School||Honolulu||HI||1842||Educational||Punahou was founded in 1941 for the children of Christian missionaries and is the first formal English language school west of the Rocky Mountains.|
|Wakely Home at Point Basse||Nekoosa||WI||1842||Residential/Tavern||This is possibly the oldest frame house in the state of Wisconsin.|
|Ladies' Literary Club Building||Ypsilanti||MI||c. 1843||Residentia||The Ladies' Literary Club Building, also known as the William M. Davis House or the Arden H. Ballard House, was built as a private home, and is currently used as the meeting place for the Ladies' Literary Club.|
|Kittson Trading Post||Walhalla||ND||1843||Commercial||The oldest building in North Dakota. It was constructed by an agent of the American Fur Company.|
|Old Fort Benton Blockhouse||Fort Benton||MT||1844||Military||The oldest building in Montana. It was the last fur trading post on the Upper Missouri River and the terminus of the Mullan Road, the overland route that linked the Missouri and Columbia rivers.|
|Ballard-Breakey House||Ypsilanti||MI||1845||Residential||Construction may have started in 1830s. One of the oldest houses in Ypsilanti. Now home to a law firm and two apartments.|
|Cataldo Mission||Cataldo||ID||1848||Mission||Oldest standing building in Idaho.|
|Fort Laramie 'Old Bedlam' Building||Torrington||WY||1849||Military||Oldest documented building still standing in Wyoming. It served as a major fur trading post and diplomatic site during the 19th century.|
|Fort Nisqually Granary||Tacoma||WA||1851||Military||Oldest building in Washington State.|
|Stone House of John Marsh||Brentwood||CA||1855||Residential||John Marsh was the first medical doctor in California, and was instrumental in California becoming part of the United States. His home was one of the first stone mansions in the state.|
|Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort||Las Vegas, Nevada||NV||1855||Military||The oldest American structure in Nevada.|
|Fort Garland Officer's Quarters and Barracks||Fort Garland||CO||1858||Military||The oldest American buildings still standing in Colorado. In close competition with Four Mile House c. 1859.|
|Brinkerhoff–Becker House||Ypsilanti||MI||1863||Residential||House currently owned by Eastern Michigan University and used as student apartments. Was once owned by former Michigan State Normal School (now EMU) principal J.M.B Sill.|
|Fort Sisseton||Britton||SD||1864||Military||The oldest structures still standing in South Dakota.|
|Delaware Building||Chicago||IL||1872||Commercial||One of the first buildings to be built after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.|
|'Iolani Palace||Honolulu||HI||1879||Government||Royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Only royal palace built on US territory.|
|Charles H. Hackley House||Muskegon||MI||1889||Residential||Home of 19th Century Michigan philanthropist Charles H. Hackley.|
|Auditorium Building||Chicago||IL||1889||Theatre||One of the first Chicago skyscrapers built. Currently owned by Roosevelt University.|
|Manhattan Building (Chicago, Illinois)||Chicago||IL||1889-1891||Commercial||Oldest surviving skyscraper in the world. Currently residential condominiums.|
|Ypsilanti Water Tower||Ypsilanti||MI||1890||Water Tower||The tower was designed by William R. Coats and built as part of a waterworks project that began in 1889. Located on the highest point in Ypsilanti, the tower was built in 1890 at a cost of $21,435.63. Today the tower is frequently joked about for its phallic shape.|
|Starkweather Hall||Ypsilanti||MI||1896||Institutional||Starkweather Hall is the oldest building still standing on EMU's campus. Originally built for the Student Christian Association by a local philanthropist, Mrs. Starkweather. Eventually the building was given to the university and has housed various academic offices and programs.|
|Fisher Building||Chicago||IL||1896||Commercial||Commissioned by local newspaper magnate Lucas Fisher. Currently apartments.|
|Sullivan Center||Chicago||IL||1898-1899||Commercial||Early Chicago skyscraper, built for the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Store.|
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