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Solid Stone Colonial Seeks Connoisseur of Finely Aged Homes

2880 Forge Road -- Glasgow, Virginia

I may not be a brick house, but I’m solid as a rock. My 20-inch thick stone walls have endured for centuries and, like finely aged wine, get better over time.

All the life and vigor I’ve acquired over the last 200-plus years shines through in every fiber of my historic character -- from  my exposed wooden beams, to my beaded plank partition walls, to my stone fireplaces. All that rich, historic flavor will embrace you in any one of my three bedrooms and give you that comforting, warm feeling of home.

If you’re up for an adventure, roam around on my four-acre tract and follow the grooves of the footpaths carved out by the many explorers and frontiersmen before you. And at the end of your walk, let the awe-inspiring vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains take your breath away.

Think you are savvy enough to appreciate me? Look me up here.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

Today we continue our installment of Historic Real Estate called “Preservation Personals,” where we let the historic properties speak for themselves. Today's personal is ...

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325 S. Pitt St.

Stylish and Sophisticated Historic Townhome Seeks Chic Owner Looking for a Good Time

325 S. Pitt St. -- Alexandria, Virginia

Historic house hunting is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s bad, but in my case you’ve definitely stumbled across a gem like now other!

I have a signature late 19th-century elegance complimented by a chic modern touch. My elaborate high ceilings, dappled by crystal-like chandeliers throughout, are reminiscent of lighthearted Gilded Age parties.

If you’d like to host a stylish party of your own, I have a full gourmet kitchen complete with marble counter tops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances capable of making every event a success. After the party, put your feet up in any of my three bedrooms, or steal away into the garden enclave in the backyard and let the crickets serenade you with a midnight melody.

Sound like a treasure you can’t resist? Don’t let me get away! Check me out here.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

Today we continue our installment of Historic Real Estate called “Preservation Personals,” where we let the historic properties speak for themselves. Today's personal is ...

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181 Bruey Rd.

Underestimated Cape Cod House Seeks Owner with Discerning Eye

181 Bruey Rd -- Norfolk, Connecticut 

First impressions are everything. At first sight, you might be tempted to see a simple, unadorned, late 18th-century house. But don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover.

If you step through my front door and take a closer look, you’ll see that my beauty is more than facade deep. You see, it’s the little things that count, like my unique captain’s stairway, central chimney with four fireplaces that make every room nothing less than cozy on a lazy day, and scenic mountain views that can entice anyone outside to explore the lush six acres I sit on.

And if family and friends want to visit and see the good fortune and luxury you’ve found in me, you can entertain them with food and tons of laughs in my spacious eat-in kitchen.

Think you have the discerning eye to see my potential? Check me out here.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

Today we continue our installment of Historic Real Estate called “Preservation Personals,” where we let the historic properties speak for themselves. Today's personal is...

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3524 North Point Drive, Anchorage, Alaska

Intriguing Post-Medieval Structure Seeks Versatile and Adventurous Owner

3524 North Point Drive -- Anchorage, Alaska

You can probably tell from my post-medieval architectural accent that I’m not from Anchorage. I was built around 1680 and called Massachusetts home for nearly 300 years before I pulled up my support beams and reassembled in Alaska, looking for a fresh start.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

[Historic Real Estate] Preservation Personals: The Old Jail Museum

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

Today we are beginning a new installment of Historic Real Estate called “Preservation Personals.” Instead of our usual For Sale-style ads, we're letting the historic properties speak for themselves. First up ...

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The Old Jail Museum

Gothic Revival Gem Seeks to Lock Down a Daring, Savvy Investor

The Old Jail Museum -- Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Seeking a bold and unusual venture? Like a little bit of the strange and spooky? Then you and I will make the perfect team.

I’m not like the other quaint little shops and houses in Jim Thorpe. To the contrary, I sit on a hill above the town, telling it like it is since 1871. If I seem a little rough around the edges, it’s because I have a hand-hewed stone exterior. (That's how Gothic Revival architecture rolls.)

I’m as exciting on the inside as I am tough on the outside. The tours that I host take guests into the two-level cell block, guided by the oak railing on the cast-iron staircase. Here, I tell them about the scandalous Molly Maguire trials during Jim Thorpe’s coal mining days. And I’ve been known to send chills up more than a few spines during the after-hours ghost tours.

But don’t limit my charms to my Shawshank Redemption-meets-Green Mile flair. I also have a sweet spot in the Warden’s Quarters. Picture this: After a long day of running the museum -- leading tour groups, selling informational booklets at the gift shop, keeping spouses from locking their partners in the cells -- you can kick back in the living room’s recliner, sip on a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, and soak in the success of the day. Sounds cozy, doesn’t it?

See yourself here? Find out more about me.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Historic Real Estate: Humble Beginnings Edition

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

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The house at 2 Swifts Alley was originally a tobacco warehouse.

2 Swifts Alley -- Alexandria, Virginia

The house at 2 Swifts Alley was originally built in 1780 as a tobacco warehouse. Some 160 years later, the Waggaman brothers acquired it. Though the warehouse was in a dilapidated condition, the brothers saw it through an extensive renovation into a residential dwelling. They added the current stucco-like material to the exterior to protect the brick mortar from the humid Virginia summer weather. One of the Waggaman brothers, who was a clerk for the United States Supreme Court, placed two plaster medallions from the first Supreme Court chamber above the living room and library fireplaces.

Today the four-bedroom house proudly displays its tobacco warehouse origins through the exposed 200-year-old wooden beams, open staircases with pipe railings, and tobacco-flower detail wood on the door frame at the original loading dock. The modern amenities are plentiful as well. There is a glass gazebo-style addition which holds a kitchen and breakfast room. The house also features a spacious family room with vaulted ceilings and French doors. Price: $3,350,000... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.