1847 Greek Revival – Front Royal, VA

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Front Royal, VA 22630

  • $385,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 6000 Sq Ft
  • 3.68 Ac.
Beautiful historical Greek Revival Mansion on 3.68 acres bordering the 3,200 acre National Zoological Park & adjoining the App.Trail. Property is in Virginia Registries of Historic Places & eligible for tax credits up to 45% towards renovation costs. Home is un-renovated with original interior trim. Renovated slave cottage, out buildings and beautiful mtn. views!
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Loni Colvin, Horizon Real Estate,

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16 Comments on 1847 Greek Revival – Front Royal, VA

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  1. Stacey says: 24 comments

    I love this house. It is so unfortunate, however, that it has been left to weather the elements of time and decay. Many of the original details are still present and hopefully, someone will purchase the house and surrounding outbuildings with the intent of preservation. I’m certain, that at one time, it was a beautiful place and could be once again.

  2. Robt. W. says: 355 comments

    Another one near me. It’s been for sale for years (before the 2007 date on some of the photos.) There are some amazing interior details and survivals, though the exterior is maybe a bit harder to love with its chunky proportions, especially in its present state. The site is odd, too: close to a road (a fairly major one for the area), perched high up a steep slope, and ringed by scruffy trees and woods — nothing some good, orderly plantings of hedging and trees wouldn’t remedy. The entrance hall with its great Greek Revival details is more Alabama than Warren County, VA. Elsewhere the marbelizing and some early or original wallpaper (back of one of the closets) hint at what it could be. I hope it finds the right owner. The area appeals to some D.C. buyers looking for weekend properties, otherwise buyers tend to want more land and a bit more privacy.

  3. John C says: 434 comments

    A very complete description of “Mountain Home” appears at http://www.remounthome.com/ which relates the builder’s name, the pattern book example of Asher Benjamin, etc. There is likewise an extended background historical sketch and excerpts from a family diary circa 1862. Also included are “interesting details” of the Register application.

  4. Raphaelle says: 5 comments

    Too much work for the money.

  5. sbailey says: 58 comments

    kind of gives me the creeps…

  6. John Shiflet says: 5428 comments

    Another house steeped in local history. Thanks for noting the Asher Benjamin connection; he was one of the first American architects with national recognition and his architectural writings were significant and influential nationally. Here’s more information on Benjamin: (reprints of his books are available from Dover Publications as well) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asher_Benjamin

    Good bones on this house and it deserves a top to bottom world-class restoration. Just wondering…is that long, low outbuilding with the fragment of ornate trim a tobacco leaf drying shed? If so, it too is a rare survivor. Thanks John C. for the additional information links.

    • Kenny says: 82 comments

      The tobacco leaf drying shed would usually be called the “packhouse”.

      • John Shiflet says: 5428 comments

        Thanks, Kenny, for providing the proper name (packhouse) for the tobacco drying shed. I’m assuming you concur that this was the shed’s probable original purpose.

        • Kenny says: 82 comments

          Probable – yes. One tell tale sign would be horizontal boards fastened to the walls on the interior which provided a slot for the “tobacco sticks” to lay out flat. The leaves would then be draped over the sticks to dry of course.

          I inherited a two story packhouse in my last farmhouse. I turned it into a workshop while I renovated the farmhouse and sold the 5000 tobacco sticks.

          BTW – thanks for all your comments. I look forward to them.

  7. toscar says: 46 comments

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    The diary link is a must read IMO………….this house is a treasure.

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  8. Kenny says: 82 comments

    The view down the staircase to the front door reminds me of the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” when the girl came to get her friend to leave and her husband threw her down the steps. Sorry but that is what flashed thru my mind.

  9. ellen drews says: 57 comments

    https://www.facebook.com/mountainhomeinfrontroyal

    UPDATE! This wonderful home is now a B&B!

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