Southern Charms: A ca. 1770 Beauty in Fredericksburg, VA
by Meghan White.
Ah, that sweet, old fashioned charm of yesteryear. No where is it more apparent than in the beautiful old homes found throughout the American South. Join Meghan as she shares her favorite Southern real estate finds.
This exceptional home is located in the historic town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Around the time this house was being constructed, Fredericksburg was home to George Washington’s mother, Mary. Today, it is the quaint college town of Mary Washington University. Among brick-paved sidewalks, intimate restaurants, and historic squares stand a number of colonial buildings.
701 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Asking Price: $1,500,000
What a story this property can tell! Circa 1770, the completely & correctly restored home has been a tavern, oyster house, cabaret, post office, etc. etc. 9 fireplaces, elevator, geothermal HVAC, 2 car garage, gated brick courtyard, rental apt./office are but a few amenities of this exceptional offering. Potential purchasers must show proof of qualification.
Source: Realtor, courtesy of Coldwell Banker Carriage House Realty, Inc.
This house has had a very rich life that can only come from being almost 250 years old. Though it now is perfect for a single family, it was once a tavern, post office, and oyster bar. The house has a full nine fireplaces, five bedrooms, as well as an elevator. The interior is beautifully restored. The crown moldings in the downstairs rooms are decorated with small dentils, a detail characteristic of the Georgian period. The kitchen is bright and sunny and has a pair of French doors leading to the patio that can be thrown open on cool evenings. The current study has exposed beams on the ceiling that show the historic lath pattern. History is truly everywhere in this house.
AUTHOR MEGHAN WHITE
Meghan is from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied history and art history at Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University & College of Charleston’s joint graduate program. She loves living in a city where tangible history is everywhere. Charleston is also the first city in which she can claim a historic property home—she currently lives in a converted stable and carriage house from the early nineteenth century. When not battling the humidity and palmetto bugs, she works at the Aiken Rhett House, a historic house museum with a “preserve as found” philosophy. Meghan is enthusiastic about advocating for the architectural and historical importance of auxiliary structures after uncovering the likely original appearance of George Washington’s horse stable at Mount Vernon through an internship and her Master’s thesis. She hopes one day to own a Queen Anne fixer-upper where she can live her days reading in its turret.