Newton Fuller fulfills a lifetime ambition: to own his very own colonial farmhouse—a home in the country. He drags his wife, Annabelle, and their daughter, Madge, out to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to set up homesteading in a wreck of a house—broken windows, falling plaster, and a cow in the kitchen. But, Newton has faith—after all, George Washington slept there, so it's even a part of history.
Life in the country, however, is no bed of roses; Annabelle finds country life impossible, the local caretaker is nowhere to be found, a mechanical drill pounds mercilessly for water, Madge is having a dalliance with an actor playing at the local summer stock theater—and to top it off, the local historian reveals that it was Benedict Arnold, not George Washington who has slept there!
However, Annabelle and Newton manage to make a beautiful country home and fall in love it. Complications ensue when they discover they have spent their last penny on the house and stand in danger of defaulting on their mortgage. Enter Newton's Aunt Stansie, a rich old skinflint, who holds out the promise of a loan to save the house—or does she? Near catastrophe is averted at the last moment through a hilarious series of reversals and Newton turns into the country squire he always dreamed of becoming.