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I have been completely stressing out over this website lately – it is kicking my butt! When I saw this handsome Adirondack style lodge, however, I calmed down a few notches.

It’s ironic how houses can do that to me – calm me down, bring me back to earth, ground me. And that’s the whole reason I started this crazy blog in the first place! But the technical side of things is waaaaaaaay beyond me – I’ll openly admit it. I’m in over my head.

That said, I love houses so much that I am compelled to keep doing this, even though I feel I am adrift on the Internet sea in a lonely life vessel without a paddle. But I keep coming back for more. (It’s like an addiction.)

For my latest “fix” I want to show you this rustic 1909 lodge in Arkansas.

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Currently for sale for $985,000, this historic beauty transports you back in time. Known as the Fordyce-Ricks Estate, it is located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Inside, it is dark and rustic – like an old lodge should be:

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It’s nostalgic…

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…uncontaminated by modern sensibilities…

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…untouched by modern hands.

This cluttered private office (below) was the “study of General Earl Ricks [and] was essentially left as it was at his death.”     

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Okay that’s kind of creepy. But in a good way. (Intriguing?)

Right next to the main house there is a “brick cool house lined with Novaculite stone“…

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Wine cellar anyone?

Additionally, there is an old scenic dam with a creek-fed pond that is part of the property…

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See what I mean… uncomplicated tranquility & peace.

This old lodge has entertained some very esteemed guests including former president Herbert Hoover (pictured below):

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Subsiquently, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

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But that’s not all. This property also comes with a huge, newer event pavilion:

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It is available to rent for large parties, wedding receptions, etc.

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The estate also features a four-bay carriage house with an upstairs apartment:

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AND a separate guest house:

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For more details on this historic property, see the web listing at oldhouses.com, or the realtor’s website here.

I’d bet a pretty penny that the lodge even comes with a certain resident ghost… a ghost who continues to work diligently in his untouched beloved home office.