Living in D.C. we get pretty used to hearing that historically significant figures frequented various buildings around town. Thomas Jefferson went to church here, George Washington liked to entertain in this club, John Adams once fell asleep in this sitting chair. But it's still not every day that the childhood home of a Civil War General goes on the market. And not just any general, but General Robert E. Lee, whose parents rented the house in 1812 and Lee continued to live there until he left for the U.S. Military Academy in 1825.
For the first time in 50 years, Robert E Lee's boyhood home, also referred to as the Crown Jewel of Alexandria or the Potts-Fitzhugh House, is listed for sale for $8.5 million. This Georgian-Federal home built in 1795 by John Potts is nestled in a half-acre of tranquil gardens and takes up more than 8,000 square feet. Originally, it encompassed an entire block in Alexandria, and even though it was reduced to half its original size in 1953, much of the original architecture has been kept in tact.
From 1966 until 2000, the house operated as a museum run by the Lee-Jackson Foundation. According to a press release, a complete renovation was done in 2000 by Mark and Ann Kington making the house "a newly-functional structure in an antique and beautiful envelope."
Of course, this wouldn't be a D.C. house if a notable politician had not graced the home, and yes, George and Martha Washington were known to have frequently dined or stayed in the Potts-Fitzhugh House. It is also speculated that the grandson of Martha Washington, Geore Washington Parke Custis, married the daughter of William Fitzhugh in the house in 1804.
- Neighborhood: Old Town Alexandria
- Bedrooms: 6
- Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half
- Size: 8,145 square feet
- Price: $8,500,000
- Extra Goodies: 6 fireplaces; half acre of gardens; registered Virginia landmark on the National Register of Historic Places; Original windows, shutters, doors and hardware were returned to full working order.
In case you were one of the few folks who didn't hop into the photo gallery straight away, scroll back to the top and take a tour through this stunning home! For more information, please see the full listing here, or contact realtors Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties.