Every week on this blog, we highlight a historic property that captures our attention. Each Listing of the Week is currently offered for sale and listed on our sponsor website, www.HistoricHomesMarketplace.com. We hope that you will not only enjoy a look at a beautiful antique property, but you might even pick up some marketing ideas for selling your historic listing. Today, we feature Locust Hill– an estate near Charlottesville, Virginia famous as the birthplace of Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame).
Just a few minutes west of Charlottesville, this historic estate was the birthplace of noted favored son, Meriwether Lewis. The estate (then nearly 2000 acres) had been purchased by Lewis’ grandfather, Robert Lewis, in 1730, and stayed in the Lewis family through five generations and on into the twentieth-century. Meriwether Lewis was born here in 1774, and moved away to Georgia with his mother and stepfather just a few years later. He returned here to live briefly as a young man and manage the estate for a few years prior to entering the army.
The estate was named Locust Hill after the many locust trees that could be found on the property. Many descendants of those locust trees can still be found in the area. The house Meriwether Lewis was born in was built out of logs by his father William in 1766 (artist’s drawing at left). That house burned down in 1837, and a new house was rebuilt incorporating some of the material of the original house.
The property has many unique and intriguing features including original dependencies. The main portion of the home was added to in the 19th and 20th-centuries, adding large comfortable spaces ideal for relaxation or entertaining. All totalled, the house offers 3848 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 baths. There are six fireplaces and the interior has the original log walls from the 1766 house.
The Grounds are beautifully landscaped with perennial gardens and have been featured during the renowned Virginia Historic Garden Week tour. The mature grounds provide a park-like atmosphere, and split rail fencing adds to the historic feel of the 2.34 acre property. Gated entry, private setting within 15 minutes of town and 2 minutes to the village of Ivy- a much desired Albemarle County address. Locust Hill is offered for sale by Frank Hardy Realtors. Click here for more details and contact info.