\u201cWoodland folly\u201d is not a frequently-used term, but a Colonial-style home in East Haddam brings that phrase back into use with the one that exists in its backyard. Located in the hamlet of Hadlyme, the 12 River Road home has a folly in its backyard, which is defined as \u201ca nonessential building that often serves as a garden focal point or eye-catcher,\u201d according to Flower Magazine.\u00a0 The folly is just one part of the home\u2019s nearly 9-acre property, which has been listed for $2.87 million. According to listing agent Colette Harron, the folly does not have electricity, but it could provide a setting for candlelit dinner parties during the summer months.\u00a0 There\u2019s also a 3-acre garden on the property, which was crafted by landscapers and owners, Robb Nestor and Bill Reynolds. The duo told Veranda Magazine in a 2020 feature on the home that their days working on the property\u2019s gardens start before sunrise \u2014 or as Reynolds noted, it\u2019s a \u201cdawn to dusk obsession.\u201d \u201cIn the summer, we\u2019re notorious for walking out to the garden at 4:30 a.m. with a cup of coffee, then within moments the coffee gets put aside and we\u2019re lost in weeding or trimming or whatever needs doing,\u201d Nestor told Veranda of their gardening. Over the last 18 years, Nestor and Reynolds designed the entire garden, including the folly and garden house, which is used for storing plants and treating seedlings in the winter months, Harron said. The garden also has a saltwater pool, chicken coop and an on-site quarry, which provided stones that are used for walls around the property. Trimmed boxwood hedges enclose a center fountain and vegetable garden. The handcrafted scenery at the East Haddam home did not go unnoticed: in 2021, it was chosen for a tour by the national Garden Conservancy. There is also a patio area with outdoor seating and a back porch overlooking the garden. Beyond the gardens part of the property, the 18th-century home at 12 River Road houses its own unique details. Built around 1732, the home retains old structural features like low, exposed ceilings and wood-paneled walls. Each room is full of wood furniture, bright colors and decorated with antique plates.\u00a0 The 3,506-square feet home has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The primary bedroom on the second floor has a bathroom, office and fireplace, according to the listing. The mudroom has a Dutch door and leads into the eat-in kitchen, which has exposed-wood beams, bright white cabinets and a black granite island. The kitchen has a round coffee table with two upholstered armchairs.\u00a0 The home is located a few minutes from Gillette Castle State Park, the Connecticut River and the Chester-Hadlyme ferry. Also in East Haddam is the Goodspeed Opera House. The area\u2019s 06423 ZIP code has seen a 35 percent increase in median home sale price over the last year, according to national real estate brokerage Redfin. Houses on average sell for $472,500, according to Redfin, and houses typically spend around 48 days on the market as of May 2022.\u00a0 The 12 River Road home is listed by William Pitt Sotheby\u2019s International Realty \u2013 Essex Brokerage and is presented by Colette Harron (860-304-2391).