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Historic Buckland Tavern, in Virginia, to be Auctioned Sept 20th

I just got word that the historic Buckland Tavern, in Gainesville, Virginia, will be sold at auction on September 20th.  The old tavern, built around 1824, has been described as “a particularly handsome landmark on Lee Highway.” It is stately and yet charming in its simplicity, standing sentinel at the gateway to the historic district. […]

Historic “Fairfield” Estate in Berryville, VA, To Be Auctioned (and yes, George Washington Really Slept Here)

George Washington didn’t just sleep here . . . he reportedly visited the place a lot.  And it’s recorded in his diaries. It was, after all, the home of a cousin of his, Warner Washington. Warner built this grand mansion, called “Fairfield,” in 1768 — just a few years before the Revolutionary War propelled his younger […]

Historic ‘White Hall Manor’ to be Auctioned in King George, VA on Nov. 4th

Forty acres and a…winery? B&B? Small farm?  You choose — it seems like there are lots of possibilities for this historic estate in King George, Virginia!  And it will be auctioned on November 4th, at 12:00 noon!  According to the auction package, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath manor house — which sits on 40 acres […]

Incredible Home for Auction in Fredericksburg has Cannon Ball from Civil War Lodged in Wall

Fredericksburg, Virginia is a remarkable place.  I visited there a few years ago, and I was surprised at just how historic, vibrant, and culturally textured it was.  I was in Fredericksburg to attend a preservation event at the University of Mary Washington (which has a fantastic undergraduate program in historic preservation, by the way).  While […]

Remarkable: c. 1790 Log House in Gettysburg Available for $150,000

This amazing property just drips with historical significance!   Now offered for sale at just $150,000, this log cabin that was constructed in 1790 — just 7 years after the American Revolution.   So it has withstood the test of time and witnessed a lot of history — including, of course, the famous Battle of […]

Realtor Uses “Not Haunted” Sign Rider to Market Historic Home in Tennessee

I’ve never seen this trick before, but I got a good laugh out of it, and thought I’d share.  After agent Dorothy Williams Havens, in Clarksville, TN, watched interest wane on her listing of a circa 1876 Italianate home, she decided to grab renewed attention — and maybe alleviate some fears — by placing a […]

Circa 1740 Gem: ‘Joseph Lyman House’ in Coventry, CT is For Sale

I toured this circa 1740 house (2275 Boston Turnpike) many years ago, perhaps in 2008, and I remember at the time feeling as though I had stepped back in time 200 years.  Fires were crackling in the fireplaces, and everywhere I turned, there were beautiful raised paneling walls.  The wide sawn wood floorboards added more […]

The “Samuel M. Jackson House” Is For Sale in Apollo, PA

This unique Italianate house was built in 1883 by Samuel M. Jackson, who was a Brigadier General during the Civil War.  While Samuel M. Jackson is not to be confused with actor Samuel L. Jackson, he was in fact the grandfather of another well-known actor — the legendary James “Jimmy” Stewart — who is of […]

170-Acre Country Estate Known As “Poplar Springs” To Be Auctioned (67 Photos!)

I just stumbled across an amazing country house estate that will be auctioned next month!  Located just 50 miles south of Washington DC, and set on more than 170 acres of Virginia’s finest hunt country, this property — now known as “Poplar Springs” — will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, November 6 at […]

Ca. 1894 ‘English Cottage’ For Sale in San Dimas, CA – $599,900

When I hear “English cottage,” I don’t tend to think of California.  Yet this house seems to blend English cottage with Arts and Crafts architecture to create a quaint home that fits perfectly into a west coast landscape full of Craftsman bungalows.  Located in San Dimas, California, and called “one of the prettiest [houses] on San […]