1838 & 1860 – Petersburg, VA – $349,000

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 3/12/18 - Last OHD Update: 3/12/18 - 21 Comments
606 Harding St Petersburg, VA 23803

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The Sutherland House, built 1860-1862, is a relic of its time. Fully and lovingly restored, the house has been featured in Southern Living, This Old House Magazine, and on HGTV's Restore America. The main house opens into a central hall flanked by a dining room, parlor, family room, and kitchen. The 12 foot ceilings throughout produce an atmospheric sense of majesty rarely seen today. The eat-in kitchen features cabinets crafted from 5-panel doors and copper counter-tops. At the rear of the first floor is a separate master suite in what was an original one-room home built in 1830. Behind the kitchen is a mudroom, full laundry, half bath, and rear stairs. The second-floor hall opens onto four large bedrooms with 2 full baths. A sun room and balcony overlook the garden. The guest house, which is a completely separate unit, has an eat-in kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, and a full bath. Sutherland House sits on a full acre of land, an unusually large urban tract. Lush gardens are filled with honeysuckle, crepe myrtles and producing pecan trees. Gated, off-street parking accommodates six vehicles.
Contact Details
Jennie Dotts, Virginia Properties, a Long & Foster Co.
     804-370-6565 / jennie@oldhouseauthority.com
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21 Comments on 1838 & 1860 – Petersburg, VA – $349,000

  1. The owners should be congratulated on this one. Well kept and even those features added were done well. Gorgeous house and landscape.

  2. Super elegant facade. A perfect little sonnet of scale and symmetry.

    Great service buildings; and a lovely courtyard between.

    Any guesses what that is over fireplace 3? Mine = towel drying rack. 🙂

    • I agree on the rack—I have one I use for it’s original purpose and never thought of displaying it that way (I guess it’ll have to come out of the laundry room)

  3. Could not understand the price until I took a neighborhood tour. Gorgeous house in a dear, old town, but an odd fit for its neighborhood.

  4. Lovely home. I think I’d be happy with the guest house.

    There’s a home next door (to the left) that is desperately in need of some love. Sad.

  5. I’m wild about this house. It has absolutely everything….but I don’t see any radiators or heat vents. So, I’m wondering if the only source of heat are the fireplaces. Not an issue for three of the seasons, but what about winter? I do have a question about homes on the Historic Register. I don’t know if it’s the same in every state, but from what I understand, you can’t improve on the window or anything on the outside of the house, which means the homes on the Register are pretty drafty and expensive to run. Is that right? Or is it different in various states? I would seriously consider living in Virginia for this house!

    • It does have heating and cooling. From agents site:

      Flooring: Wood
      Cooling: Central Air, A/C – Zone
      Heating: Gas Heat, Zone

      And all you wanted to know about what it means to have a home on the National Register, including what can and can’t be done:

      Can I modify, remodel, or renovate, my historic house?
      From the Federal perspective (the National Register of Historic Places is part of the National Park Service), a property owner can do whatever they want with their property as long as there are no Federal monies attached to the property. You can find this on our website at:
      However, before this occurs, you can, or the property owner should contact the State historic preservation office (SHPO.) The SHPO is the state agency that oversees historic preservation efforts in their state. There may be state or local preservation laws that the owner should be aware of before they undertake a project with a historic property.
      You can find contact information for the SHPOs at:
      If Federal monies are attached to the property then any changes to the property have to allow the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (www.achp.gov) to comment on the project.

      You can also read a copy of the National Register of Historic Places code of Federal regulations at: http://www.nps.gov/nr/regulations.htm
      You can also find general information for owners at:

      • I know I’m not the one who asked the question, but thank you very much for providing those resources! I have a lot of questions myself and that’s very helpful.

  6. I just love the exterior of this house, especially in the last photo with the snow! Most of the fireplaces are super charming. I miss having a fireplace.

  7. Beautiful, elegance abounds! Blessed are the future caretakers,. This house I agree has been taken care of wonderful to see.☃️

  8. I actually love the neighborhood for its’ ton of old houses. Just buy the house next door for a fun project! That looks to be from a similar period as this one and CLEARLY needs some love!

    • I was actually going to comment about the house next door. Sometimes a run down house is old and sad. Other times, it has a quality about it that makes you say “OoooooOOOOOOOOoohhhh,” and the neighboring house is one of the latter.

      I check out the street view (which is a feature I love, so thank you, Kelly) before I look at the listing pictures on each house, and I don’t know if I’ve ever spent as much time peeking around the neighborhood as I did with this one. It reminds me a lot of parts of Mobile, or lower Alabama in general. A lot of very interesting homes.

  9. This is a beautiful home well preserved and loved. There’s another beauty next door. The bad thing is the location of the house is in such a sad neighborhood. Although, it does have enough space that you can block out everything around it and live in your own personal utopia. This house is AMAZING!


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