c. 1790 – Fort Defiance, VA

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 7/22/14 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 44 Comments
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Map: Street View

Price

$236,200

SqFt

3500

Acres

10

New Description: HISTORIC FIXER UP/RESTORATION NEEDED Belmont Plantation - circa 1790, has remained family owned since built by Edward Beard. Many original features remain in the house. The parlor has a handpainted ceiling "gifted by a traveler during the early 1830's". There are many dependencies remaining as well, Summer Kitchen, Ice House. Ask agent for history packet. Must have scheduled appointment. HAS POTENTIAL FOR VENUE, B&B OR A MUCH LOVED HOME. BUTCHER SHOP CAN MAKE A GREAT CATERING PREP, WITH WALK-IN COOLER AND WALK-IN FREEZER

Old Description: Belmont Plantation - Circa 1790, Has Remained Family Owned Since Built By Edward Beard. Many Original Features Remain In The House. The Parlor Has A Handpainted Ceiling "Gifted By A Traveler During The Early 1830's", Crusader Doors With Original Hardware And Period Mantels. There Are Many Dependencies Remaining As Well, Summer Kitchen, Ice House. Ask Agent For History Packet. Must Have Scheduled Appointment. Has Potential For Venue, B&B Or A Much Loved Home.
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Phyllis Meador, 1st Choice Real Estate      (540) 886-0145
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44 Comments on c. 1790 – Fort Defiance, VA

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9829 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    What looks like an amazing time capsule! Before I realized the location I could just imagine stepping outside and feeling like I had been transported 200+/- years earlier.

  2. AvatarBethany says: 2519 comments

    The combination of reading that the house is going out of the family after more than 200 years, and seeing the walker on the front porch, and then the beautiful untouched interior that clearly hasn’t been changed in a really long time brought tears to my eyes. And those outbuildings appear to include a school house–so neat.

    • Avatarchristy says: 63 comments

      I know Bethany, I always feel bad when I read that too. I know it must be extremely difficult to keep up and maintain such a big piece of land and house. But still, I always imagine it’s never a decision home owners take lightly, and it makes me sad too. I love these kinds of listings! It really is a peek into history.

  3. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 450 comments

    Fascinating house but, as noted, the location…hard up against a fairly busy road and all the land stretching out behind it. The early chimneypieces (with Winchester knife shelf mouldings combined with mid-Valley turnings) and grain-painted woodwork are interesting, as is the ceiling decoration (though more 1870s than 1830s).

  4. AvatarClaudia says: 3 comments

    Was that a former slave cabin on the property too? They could turn it in to a museum. Amazing place.

    • AvatarSallyJean says: 2 comments

      I’m sure you are right about slave quarters. I think this great, very old home holds lots of history; including some dark periods. Including slavery, without a doubt. It was a plantation, after all.

      I personally–at least my older & wiser self–would not be interested in purchasing this house. In recent years I have done a lot of research on my ancestors and found out that the eldest son of my first g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandparents to emigrate to Virgina in 1652, were granted 2-3 large land grants and build their original home there. Some years later, their oldest son, George, made it known that a slave of his had gone missing. There was a short newspaper article about it, and George placed an ad offering a reward for anyone for the return of his slave. It’s a part of my family history that I am NOT proud of.

  5. AvatarLaurie says: 1542 comments

    What a sad story the interior tells. Can’t help wondering when looking at the photo of the stairs, how many generations walked up them every night. It’s understandable that heirs don’t want to farm & can’t afford to maintain the place for anything else. The chimneys are beautiful & in good condition. I hope someone takes care of it.

  6. RossRoss says: 2372 comments

    I do not ever recall seeing a million dollar property across the street from mobile homes. I cannot get my head around the disconnect.

    • SueSue says: 1176 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Ross, that is very common in rural places with bad zoning. Here in Maine we have zero zoning so you can have a mansion and have a trailer park go right in next to it. That’s how we ended up with a natural gas regulation station on our property line which has us in a terrible situation of how we can possibly sell our home.

  7. Avatarlara jane says: 574 comments

    What an incredible place. Not just the beauty, but the history. So sad.

  8. AvatarCC2001 says: 20 comments

    I too wondered about the possible slave cabin. The bell was used to call the slaves to work. I am familiar with that part of VA and it is beautiful.

    • AvatarAl Beard says: 2 comments

      This home was my 7th GG Grandfather’s. I understand the slave quarters were razed in 1874, but it sure looks like them still standing……I just saw the house in person yesterday…..(Oct 23rd, 2016). Would love to own it, but…..

      • AvatarMichelle Bley says: 1 comments

        Hi Al,
        Edward Beard is my 5th great grandfather. We stopped by years ago but unfortunately no one was home at the time. Wonder if the new owners were warned about all the Beard’s stopping by. LOL
        Michelle

      • AvatarSue says: 1 comments

        This is my 8th great grandfather

  9. AvatarMegan says: 1 comments

    I wonder if we should start a NC/VA “kickstarter” or charity goal of saving these types of properties?! It absolutely breaks my heart. At least a museum would raise money.

  10. AvatarJames says: 1 comments

    Actually a house was begun by William Beard much earlier. He was born 1709. The property was a land grant and was he able to start a farm by the 1740’s after the wars settled down. My grandfather Gleaves Crockett Beard inherited in the early 20th century and married my grandmother Lois Landis Beard. This is where my mother Charlotte and her siblings were born and raised. I spent many a lovely summer’s on that wonderful farm. The battle of Piedmont went through the farm. The painted parlor as it’s called, we called the Civil War room where all the artifacts that would be plow up or were left there by wounded soldiers. Muskets, rifles , cannonballs, shells , uniforms and belts and buckles.
    Grandmother died in 1969 and my aunt inherited the property . Did not take care of the property. Cut down most of the mature trees and tore down some of the old building instead of restoring. Even a 18th-century smokehouse. The Spirits and Distillery are gone but the ice house still stands. A lot of the 18th and 19th century furnishings were sold in 1970. Would love to bring her back to her grandeur.

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    • Avatarewa says: 4 comments

      James… this home and property are amazing. It’s what our family has been looking for. We’d love to come see it. So much history, tradition, and love. It deserves someone that would love it and bring it back to its original magical beauty.

    • AvatarKatie says: 1 comments

      James my husband and I actually live in New Hope and are both history majors. We have loved this house for years. Would love to know more of the history, as we know a lot about the battle of Piedmont.

    • AvatarDebbie Peterson says: 1 comments

      James, This must be such a difficult time, selling your beautiful family home with such warm memories for you. Thank you for sharing a bit of the home’s history with us. Debbie

    • AvatarAl Beard says: 2 comments

      James……contact me please. Edward is my 7th GG Grandfather. I finally laid eyes on the place for the first time yesterday. I have known about it for years. I photographed Gleaves’ grave yesterday ,at Mt. Horeb. I’m looking for Edward’s. I sure wish I could afford to buy this place, and fix it up. Know that I cannot, and I live in SC now…..abeard3@sc.rr.com…Al Beard

    • AvatarDawn DeFilippis says: 2 comments

      James… My Cousin and her wonderful family are buying this stunning piece of history. If anyone can bring life to such a beautiful time capsule, its them. How can I research more history to this beauty. I would love to do a complete biography for her as a housewarming gift. I know there is a ton of stories and history, which brings a houseful of blood, sweat,tears, hurt, and love. I’m hoping that the house and land is as excited for new life as my family is to give it….

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  11. AvatarKathleen Blair says: 2 comments

    Might be possible to incorporate a not-for-profit Conservation Trust and gift the development rights to the Trust. That’s a poison pill to developers – keeps them away and you get to abate property taxes but keep the land in the family and keep farming it. Lets you stay on the land and hand it down through the family without being eaten alive by taxes. It’s worked several places in the country. Not an attorney and don’t play one on TV but you might look into it.

    • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 450 comments

      Property taxes are not at fault here. For the 145 acres and house they were just $1710/year. (Virginia has relatively low property tax: a nearby and very fine historic house on 20-acres at $1m has annual tax of $3800; another for $750k on 20 acres is $2000/year, and farmland itself is taxed at a very modest rate). Not sure that development pressures are much of a factor, either. Conservation trusts work best when, as you note, there’s a strong desire to keep a property within family hands, when there are strong development pressures, or when the trust holder can deduct his lost potential for financial gain of property development against high income from another source.

      There’s some population growth in that part of virginia, but not huge. There’s what looks like a homegrown housing development down the road a bit, possibly from the last housing boom, but It seems rather an anomaly. I suspect the adjacent trailer park, the expense of restoring or renovating the house and outbuildings, and the relative high outlay for a slim annual income for the farmland all play much bigger roles than property tax or development pressures.

  12. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9829 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced from 144 acres to 10. Price is now $295,251.

  13. rebeccahighrebeccahigh says: 15 comments

    And that’s still less than my dinky 1955 Cape on .75 acres in suburban Philly would go for. :-/

  14. AvatarEllenDrews says: 58 comments

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/997-Battlefield-Rd_Fort-Defiance_VA_24437_M53780-67882
    The realtor.com listing has a few more pics of this property.I might have to look at it on my next mountain adventure.

  15. Avatarejdesigns says: 58 comments

    Stopped by this house yesterday, just to have a look. The fourth picture here is the street view. It’s in a small group of houses, not actually a town. The views are spectacular! But a lot of work is necessary to return this faded beauty to her former glory. It’s fairly close to the street. If you love peace and quiet, this is the place for you.

  16. AvatarEllen says: 58 comments

    Now I’m wondering what the ONE bathroom looks like….YIKES!

  17. AvatarOzark Dave says: 61 comments

    I saw where this was back on the market. I was hoping it sold and found a good, caring owner.

  18. AvatarEwa says: 4 comments

    it was us that tried to buy it. our bank would not underwrite the loan because of the condition of the property – they would not accept it as “collateral.” But it’s an amazing house with so much history & potential. I hope someone restores it to it’s former beauty. It’s needs lot of work, but it would be worth it.

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9829 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That really sucks to hear. Banks, pfft!

      • AvatarDawn DeFilippis says: 2 comments

        Hopefully it will give a sense of relief knowing some pretty great people are buying this historical beauty. My Cousin and her Husband have fell in love with this property. They are amazing caring people with hearts of gold. They have adopted pretty wonderful children and opened their home to give love to a child in need over the years. If anyone can bring this land of memories back to life… It’s them! I too will be coming to visit this magnificent home. My hope is that the history and past will welcome them with open arms…

    • JullesJulles says: 529 comments

      This is beautiful home and property and I am very sorry that your bank wouldn’t back you. I heard that they were being very picky about the houses they were loaning out for. You said that you felt the house needed a lot of work. Would you please tell us a few things that you might have fixed?

  19. AvatarEwa says: 4 comments

    Hi Julles, the big ticket items that need fixing are the wiring (outdated wiring, some rooms with no outlets at all), the plumbing, and some wood rot on the porches. Beyond that, of course it needs some paint, reno, & TLC, but overall the house is solid and has a good foundation. There were no major issues with the inspection. The outbuildings are in dire need of paint but the barn, former butchery, chicken coop, etc are all in decent shape and really cool.

    • AvatarFarmGirl says: 1 comments

      Ewa, could you please tell me if you were seeking a construction loan or conventional financing? Does the electrical work currently? Water functioning? Any other tips you might provide if we move forward? Very interested in taking on this legacy project…

  20. Avatarkathy stokes-phillips says: 210 comments

    the sad thing i saw was all the pics of family on the mantel and no family member wants them?

  21. AvatarDephineM says: 46 comments

    The ceilings seem rather low to me. Is that typical of this style?

  22. AvatarPhyllis Meador says: 1 comments

    Phyllis the Realtor, finally speaking out. What a wonderful journey it has been listing and selling this historic piece of history. While I could have spent everyday showing the property just to the historic parties alone, I learned early on that I had to pay closest attention to the serious “buyers”. There were many who just wanted to see inside, one party approached me for a bus trip passing though who wanted the group to take a tour. It gave me great pride to hold the listing and work with the interested groups I did have the opportunity to meet. I found the family to be most modest and felt they were happy taking care of the property as it stood. Nothing fancy was needed. That is the greatest gift they left. No major changes were made that could have destroyed the original – well everything! Having purchased an 1830’s home nearby I can say re-modeling vs. restoration is completely different. Once the change is made it can never be found again. There was a very nice couple who first had a contract on the property and as you previously read were denied the loan due to the house condition. Maybe it has worked out best for them. In the meantime another very nice couple came to look and fell in love with the house. They have now closed on the property, not without their own obstacles to jump through. In my heart I know they are going to take wonderful care of the property and be the ultimate stewards to the history they now own.
    To me this was a blessing that I may have only one chance to have…I am the lucky one as I truly enjoyed showing the property over and over again.

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9829 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks for giving us your perspective on selling this home! Glad to know it was sold by someone that appreciates old houses. 🙂

  23. AvatarJo Swearingen says: 1 comments

    My 7th great-grand uncle built this home.

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