House was lifted and turned!
Our new neighbor stopped in this weekend while we were working on the house. An older lady who has lived next door since the 40's, she gave us some history.
Our house used to sit on a corner, facing a road. The town built a more convenient road to town about 1/4 mile away and everyone started using the new road. The old road was abandoned and the house now sat facing nothing but trees and brush.
The original owners had the entire house roated 45 degrees and reoriented the rooms in the house. The original front of the house became the back, the back door and windows were changed to have more curb appeal as they were now facing the main road.
This explains why you enter the house through dutch doors and are faced with the stairs to the basement. The lovely back door opens to the stairs leading to the second floor. The ceilings and floors also give clues to where old walls were removed. Very interesting.
The original owner is still alive (in his 80's) and she gave me his address, along with a picture of the house when it was originally constructed. I can't wait to write and see if he can provide more information!