Two houses believed to have ties to George Washington, Robert E. Lee and William H. Fitzhugh, are on sale now. They're located in Annandale.
Via Washington Post.
The properties aren't officially linked by local or national historians. But the owner of the smaller house, Claudia Moose, a magazine writer, is convinced of the ties. She thinks the oldest portion of her red clapboard house, high on a hill at the corner of Old Well Road and Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, was home to slaves owned by the Fitzhugh family or to the slaves' overseers.
Moose, who has researched land records and spoken with former owners, said county records dating her house to 1925 probably reflect when it got public utilities and not its likely earlier use as an outbuilding for either the bigger house or a sister mansion, both built in the 1700s.
"Nobody really knows what this house was for," Moose said, but it still has an old well, later upgraded with an electric pump, in the basement. And she says a line of pine trees starting just outside her back door marks the old driveway that used to connect her home to the entrance of the mansion that's also for sale. (The well in her basement, she said, is not the well of Old Well Road. Developers in the 1960s named it after the Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)
This house is listed for $895,000. The other one, Oak Hill mansion at 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, is one of the only three grand buildings that survived with trace to William Fitzbugh, is on the market for $2.375M.
* A Piece of Annandale's Plotline [Washington Post]