New England Living TV: Part of History in Middletown, RI

Originally owned by Edwin Booth, one of the great Shakespearean actors of his time and the brother of John Wilkes Booth, “Boothden,” as it’s been called since it was built in 1883, recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation. Architect David Andreozzi’s plans preserved and refurbished many of the existing elements while bringing the home beautifully into the 21st century.

Homeowners Larry and Kim have a number of people in their lives and they enjoy being able to open their home to loved ones. “We had to have a destination where people wanted to come visit or else we would have grown old alone essentially,” says Larry. “What’s really great is that we’ve met a lot of people here since we moved, super people, they really are.”

More than homeowners, Larry and Kim feel like stewards of a part of local history. “The history of the house is something that I’ve never had. That feeling that it’s not your house, it’s just the house you’re taking care of now until the next person takes care of it,” says Kim. “Our whole life changed when we got this house.”

On warm days when the water is calm, Larry and Kim launch their kayaks and paddle out on the Sakonnet River. Some days they see birds flying overhead as it is part of a major flight path, and most days they admire the view that has entertained generations and will continue to captivate many more.

For a tour of the entire home, watch Episode 11 of Season 1.

New England Living TV is sponsored by Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Clarke Appliance ShowroomsKohler7 Tide and Supply New England.

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