Believe it or not its not really as damp as you would think. Before I even looked in the house I had stopped and chatted with the guy that owned it outside and I asked him, " Do you get water in the basement and his reply was " Well when it rains for a couple days you DO get some water... :roll:
Now 2 days later I got the tour from the real estate agent and the first place I told him I wanted to see was the "dungeon". When I went down there was a hole with a sump pump in it and it only had about a 1/2" of water in it and this was at the peak of the wettest year in these parts that I can ever remember... :aah: I expected to see a water line around the walls... LOL
The ground is powdery dry all around the entire cellar except that 12" deep sump hole and that particular day was the only day I ever saw water in it at all since then.
The air of course is cool with a "damp" feel to it but if them trees dont show it after 153 years I doubt they will in my lifetime either.
The sill is solid everywhere I can see and care to try to see so I have no fears there. Heck, believe it or not you are hard pressed to find a bug down there... I think they are even scared down there... LOL
I have a friend that just built his dream home and it cost him $300,000 "to build" it could sell for a half million in this market... after 2 days of rain at his house he has an Olympic sized swimming pool in his basement... his case is coming up in court now without much hope of winning he says, but he is trying for losses.
You would think that would happen in an old house like mine, not in one like his !
Oh yeh and Sam...
Next year the Halloween party will be in the barn, the hay lofts I figure can hold 45 people instead of 4-5...
And it is equally as eerie... LOL