Home of the Week: Medfield antique shines with stone farmer’s porch, barn, and sunroom

Buying Home of the Week
The George Babcock House, or “Petonowowett,” was built circa 1885. Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe

44 South St., Medfield

Style: Queen Anne
Year built: Circa 1885
Square feet: 2,200
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Sewer/water: Public
Taxes: $7,679 (2017)

It was the home of paper hanger George Babcock first, so it’s known as the George Babcock House, but it has also been called another name.

Dr. James Hewins (born 1846) wanted to name Medfield houses after Native Americans with a historical connection to the town, according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, so 44 South St. became known as “Petonowowett,’’ after the Colonist-backing spouse of Weetamoo, a squaw sachem who supported King Philip’s War to drive out the English.

Although the home’s name has changed in its 132-year existence, what has remained, despite several updates, are the details that herald that history: exposed rafter ends, bargeboard, carved floral details, and balustrades.

A white picket fence guards the front of this house, which boasts a beautiful stone farmer’s porch. Entering from the front door (the driveway-side door is by far the more popular choice for this purpose, actually), you step into a family room with exposed beams, three-quarter-high pine wainscot (the knots faintly visible under brown stain), and a fireplace with a brick mantel. The flooring is hardwood.

There are several ways to exit this room: You can head upstairs, go into the family room, or slip into the dining room, which is very bright, thanks to its white wainscot — the perfect spot for its current use, as a playroom.

The dining area/playroom connects to the family room and the remodeled kitchen, which has counters and a backsplash of Carrara marble, a black gas stove, enough space for a small table, and a door to the 12-by-22-foot sunroom with skylights. The flooring in the kitchen and family room is linoleum with hardwood underneath. Off the kitchen, there is a pantry, a “summer kitchen,’’ and a half bath. This completes the first floor.

On the second floor, there are three bedrooms, the full bath, and an office tucked at the end of a hall. The master bedroom features a number of windows, an alcove with a window seat, a closet with a mirrored door, and a substantial walk-in closet (in here there is a set of stairs to the first floor). All of the flooring upstairs is hardwood, except for in the bathroom.

The full bath offers 5.5-foot-high green subway tile-glass walls with a mosaic inlay; the latter is the material used for the flooring. The bath offers a tub-shower combo and a porcelain sink and counter.

The basement is unfinished and has a workbench. The 0.42-acre, L-shaped lot includes a paver patio and a big multiroofed white freestanding barn with pretty windows.

The listing agent, Petrina Floody of Keller Williams Realty in Westwood, will hold an open house on Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. Her website is

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