Being the home to the oldest log cabin home in the Western Hemisphere is quite a distinction. It would have been bulldozed long ago if not for the passion and dedication of Doris Brink and her late husband Harry.

They purchased the home from Harry's aunt Bea and uncle Charlie in 1968. It was built by Finnish settlers to the area in Gibbstown, Gloucester County circa 1638.

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Eric Scott / Townsquare Media

Our own Eric Scott had the pleasure of a tour of the historic home last year.

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Eric Scott / Townsquare Media

National historic site

It's been on the national historic register since 1968 and has been for sale for years. The original asking price was $2.9 million but just sold for $262,000 to a buyer who has promised to preserve it and offer free tours, according to The Patch. 

Doris became a widow five years ago and kept dropping the price by hundreds of thousands of dollars until a deal was finally reached.

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Eric Scott / Townsquare Media

History of the home

Harry Brink used to help his aunt and uncle maintain the house since he was a kid. He got the Nothnagle Log House on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

An addition was added 100 years after the original structure, a colonial home that was constructed in 1738. The house at 406 Swedesboro Road will have to be operated as a museum without any profit.

Thankfully there are people like the Brinks who care enough about history and its preservation to pass up roughly $2.5 million to keep places like this alive.

How much does the average NJ home cost? Median prices by county

Everything is costing more these days — and housing is certainly no exception in New Jersey.

Data for 2023 from January through May, compiled by New Jersey Realtors, shows that homes hit the market and sell in two months or less, on average.

Median prices for single-family homes have reached $500,000 and above in nine counties.

Most counties have seen houses go for more than the list price this year, while the rest have been very close to asking — on average.

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21 more of the most expensive homes for sale at the Jersey Shore (SOUTH)

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