Historic Properties for Sale: Room with a (Battlefield) View

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

We’ll be featuring listings from our Historic Properties for Sale site every week.  It’s just like Preservation magazine’s well-loved homes section, but much more frequent. This week, we’re looking at homes with connections to the Civil War.

Elmhurst, c. 1871, in Fredericksburg, VA.

Elmhurst, c. 1871, in Fredericksburg, VA.

A few weeks back, while sharing a handful of listings about lovely Victorians for sale, I mentioned that I had a bit of a geeky streak for things having to do with the Civil War, and given our recent big win at Wilderness, it seems inevitable that I'd find myself trolling around our Historic Properties for Sale site for homes with a connection to the Civil War. I found a few lovely ones not too far from my perch here in Washington, DC.

The first I'll mention today technically doesn't qualify, as it dates from about five years after the war ended, but it's located in a town - Fredericksburg, VA - that is impossibly adorable and as rich in Civil War history as just about any place you can find. (Really. The town had a battle of its own, and is within a stone's throw of several others.) The home, called Elmhurst, has a whopping 49 windows, 10 foot ceilings, and "exquisite" woodwork. And dear to my Yankee heart, it also happens to have been  built by a New Yorker, Washington Elms.

Also in Virginia -  just north of Leesburg, in the town of Waterford - sits the Mary Dutton Steer House, which dates to 1815 and shows through its varied rooflines its growth from a two-room cottage to a four-bedroom home. It also sports hand-hewn beams, decorative mouldings - and a bullet impression left behind from a Civil War Battle at a nearby church.

Falling Spring, c.1830, in Shepherdstown, WV.

Falling Spring, c.1830, in Shepherdstown, WV.

Heading a bit further north, and a smidge to the west, lands us in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and a home with connections to both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.  The Morgan family, who owned the land upon which Falling Spring is built fielded soldiers in both wars, and both Union and Confederate soldiers are said to have camped in the area during the latter conflict. And as if the lovely columned house at the right were not enough, it comes with the original outbuildings: a smoke house, a carriage house,  and more. Honestly, if I were at a point in my life where owning this were even remotely possible, it just might be my dream house.

So there you have it... three more amazing offerings from the always-enticing listings on the Historic Properties for Sale website. And if it just so happens that hitting open houses is on your to-do list for the rapidly-approaching weekend (some might say it arrived here about an hour ago) do take a moment to look for listings in your area. Happy house-hunting!

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org. She's now quite likely to spend the weekend reading "Gone with the Wind."

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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One Response

  1. Gerald

    February 11, 2011

    The house here was in the midst of the Civil War. The owner found a civil war uniform and an animal horn powder horn under the porch. Beauty of a home – and newly listed on the National Register:
    http://www.nvdaily.com/lifestyle/2011/01/preserve-and-protect.php