Portsmouth Victorian has proud history, needs love

The Victorian home was built in 1910 for a prominent Portsmouth woman. The Victorian home was built in 1910 for a prominent Portsmouth woman.

The Victorian home was built in 1910 for a prominent Portsmouth woman.

The Victorian home was built in 1910 for a prominent Portsmouth woman.

The Victorian home located at 567 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth, was built in 1910 as the home for Sarah J. Eddy, a pioneer in early photography, a philanthropist, feminist and founder of the Rhode Island Humane Society. Ms. Eddy was also a sculptor and painter with a passion to help others. She often held picnics on her property for the old and the poor.

It has been said that the home was the cultural center of town. Ms. Eddy donated the funds for the building of the children’s reading room at Portsmouth Free Library. She left her estate to the Boston Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The house has 4,233 square feet of living space and sits on 2.5 acres with a water view of Narragansett Bay. The three-story home has period details, seven fireplaces, stained glass and 14 rooms. It was converted into 4 apartments by the current owners, who bought the property in 1945.

The home is in need of extensive renovations and could be reverted to its original glory as a single-family home.

At a glance

  • 567 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth
  • $425,000
  • 4,233 sq. ft.
  • 7 fireplaces
  • 2.5 acres
  • Joy Gilkeson, East Shore Properties, 401-683-6233
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