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There’s an Empty Mansion for Sale on 410 Acres, and You Should Buy It

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by Elizabeth Finkelstein

I’m not kidding. Homes like this come around but once in a lifetime, and I’m about this close to quitting my life, packing my bags and heading on down to Milford, VA, where this spectacular estate is waiting for me. Spring Grove, as it’s dubbed, is an Italianate gem sitting on 410 acres—and it just needs a bit of TLC to bring it back to its former beauty. Enjoy these exceptional photos by Adam Wayland Photography, courtesy of Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, showing it in all of its faded glory. By the way, if you’d like more information on this home, I wrote a more in-depth piece about it for Country Living Magazine, too.


19370 Mattaponi Trail, Milford, VA

Asking Price $1,950,000
Visit the full listing at Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty
Elegant, historic and unaltered, Spring Grove is an Italianate villa on a private 410 acre estate on land that has been in the same family since 1740. This unrestored gem is 2 stories above ground totaling 8,000 sq.ft., with a full English-basement of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. There are 26 rooms and 13’ ceilings on the first floor. The house is in a timeless, original state of preservation, very rarely seen on the marketplace today, and offers a very unique and special opportunity to restore one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Virginia. Original faux painting techniques (wood graining and marbleizing), popular during the Victorian era, remain intact, further authenticating the residence. Details include a majestic front entrance, a grand main floating staircase, multiple fireplaces, and wonderful pocket doors. The restored cupola provides commanding views of the estate and surrounding countryside. This house is an architectural treasure ideal for a buyer seeking an authentic restoration project. Rarely do you see a property as untouched and regal as this that remains intact and speaks so inherently of a bygone era. The owners have undertaken exterior renovations by a highly skilled team of restoration experts. At present the manor is not livable, with the exception of a small basement apartment. Spring Grove may also be purchased with 123 acres for $1,250,000.



Elizabeth is the founder of CIRCA and a practicing writer, architectural historian and preservation consultant living in Nyack, NY. Elizabeth has loved historic houses for as long as she can remember, having grown up in an 1850’s Greek Revival gem that was lovingly restored by her parents. Elizabeth, her husband Ethan and their beagle Banjo remain on a relentless hunt for their perfect “Thanksgiving house.”



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