On a meandering woodsy lane in Potomac, past a 1950s ranch and a couple of McMansions, sits a barn-red house with a cedar shake roof that looks as if it belongs to an 18th-century New England village.
The main section of the shingled home is actually the frame of a 1790 Colonial Connecticut farmhouse. An adjoining new wing that echoes the Colonial style seamlessly adds more living space, storage and a garage.
Inside, five fireplaces, weathered oak beams, wide-plank wood floors and hand-wrought door hinges create a warm setting for graceful antiques — tavern tables, four-poster beds — some of them family heirlooms. The rolling green property, called Chestnut Hill, is enclosed by stone walls and white fences, and includes a small barn and a guesthouse, both painted the same warm brick-red color.
At Chestnut Hill, Jim and Linda Hobbins have curated an 18th-century backdrop for 21st-century living. Jim, 70, a historian and retired Smithsonian official, and Linda, 67, a flower designer, raised five children here, adding their own family lore to the historic structure that they rescued and repurposed.