Cape Cod home looking pretty good for a 375-year-old

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Mulberry Cottage is one of the oldest homes in Barnstable Village. Now, the Cape Cod house could be yours for $825,000.
Mulberry Cottage is one of the oldest homes in Barnstable Village. Now, the Cape Cod house could be yours for $825,000. Courtesy of Coldwell Baker

If you’d like to live in one of the oldest homes on Cape Cod, the Mulberry Cottage, which dates back to 1640, is for sale (as of June 16th). Located along Route 6A in Barnstable Village, the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home is listed for $825,000.

Samuel Hinckley lived in the home after sailing to New England aboard the “Hercules’’ from Kent, England, in 1634 with his wife Sarah and four children, according to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

Hinckley, as some have pointed out, is an ancestor to both the Bush family and President Barack Obama. According to Ancestors of American Presidents by New England Historic Genealogical Society Senior Researcher Gary Boyd Roberts and Christopher Challender Child, George Herbert Walker Bush and President Barack Obama are 11th cousins.

This connection may seem exciting to potential homebuyers, but Child, who is also a genealogist at Newbury Street Press, pointed out that you might already have a closer connection to the presidents than just living in their ancestor’s house.

“In terms of how many descendants this particular Hinckley family has, it could range from probably 1 or 2 million people,’’ Child stated in an email. He added that George H.W. Bush has “probably a few hundred million or so’’ 11th cousins. And his co-author, Roberts, has estimated that G.H.W. Bush is probably related to a third of America.

Hinckley originally settled in Scituate before relocating to Barnstable in 1639. He died in 1662, leaving the home and garden to his second wife, Bridget Bodfish. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Located at 2864 Main Street, the home comes with a 1997 addition of a replica barn that was previously on the property. Coldwell Banker describes the abode as “a treasure full of nooks and crannies,’’ with beautiful, wide pine floors and several fireplaces.

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