Good news! The Metrowest Daily News reports this morning that the historic Garfield House – the stone mansion located on Main Street between Parkerville and Deerfoot Roads – has been purchased by a Sudbury developer who intends to restore the property.
Jon Delli Priscoli, owner of the Upton-Grafton Railroad and Edaville Railroad, closed on the property Wednesday for about $850,000.
“He’s very much excited,” said Delli Priscoli’s attorney, Southborough resident William Pezzoni of Day Pitney LLP. “He wants to bring it back to its original glory and splendor.”
The stone house, built in 1849 by Southborough benefactor Joesph Burnett and later purchased by descendants of President James Garfield, has been on the market since 2010. After an auction failed to yield any bids, the home was listed for just over $1.1M. The price was later dropped.
Delli Priscoli went before the Conservation Commission and Planning Boards last summer to talk about his plans to restore the property and feel out whether the boards had major concerns before he went ahead with the purchase.
At the time Delli Priscoli said he wanted to restore the home to its former glory. He said he also intended to restore the grounds following to the original landscaping plans from when the home was built.
You can read more about the new owner’s plans in this article in the Metrowest Daily News.
As one who loves the Garfield House and the role it plays in Southborough’s history, I’m breathing a huge sign of relief over this news. What about you?