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Historic Mansion For Sale - $385,000

6000 sq. ft. 1847 Greek Revival Brick Mansion on 3.7 acres.

Rare opportunity to own an historical, architecturally significant, un-renovated gem with original interior trim. On market for the 2nd time in 167 years.

Mountain Home has been accepted into both the National and Virginia Registries of Historic Places, which allow for potential tax credits of up to 45% against renovation costs. Click here for interesting details of the successful application.

Poignant 1862 diary of 15 year old girl recounts civil war drama enfolding on and around the Mountain Home property.

Renovated slave cottage, outbuildings, and mountain views, adjoining Appalacian Trail and 3200 acre National Zoological Park.

Please call Loni Colvin of Horizon Real Estate to arrange a private showing at
(540) 347-4663 or e-mail at info@hortheweb.com)

Mountain Home, located at 3471 Remount Road in Warren County, Virginia, is sited along the northeast side of U.S. Route 522 just south of the town of Front Royal. A remarkably well-preserved example of a brick Greek Revival-style dwelling, the house was constructed in 1847 by Samuel Beck Gardner. The 2-story, 3-bay house features woodwork based on the designs of popular pattern books of the period and was enlarged by Gardner with a 2-story frame ell in 1869. A 1-story rear lean-to was added in the early 20th century at which time the rear ell was stuccoed. The current owner has recently removed the stucco on the rear wall, exposing the original wide German-lap siding. In addition to the main house, the 3.7 acre property still maintains several historic outbuildings including a mid-19th-century slave quarters, a meat house, a chicken coop, a shed, and two 20th-century garages. Although the property is much smaller than its original acreage, the buildings and setting retain much of their 19th-century appearance and integrity. Don't forget about the conveyancing for this sort of property either.

Mountain Home is a 2-story, 3-bay brick building that follows the typical Virginia I-house plan but features sophisticated Greek Revival-style detailing. The house rests on a raised brick foundation with 6-light wooden basement windows. The exterior brick walls are painted and laid in a 5-course American-bond pattern, featuring flat jack arches over the six-over-six-sash double-hung wood windows and a stepped brick cornice. The gabled roof is covered in standing-seam metal and contains two interior-end brick chimneys with corbelled caps. The facade is dominated by a 2-story, 2-level, 3-bay pedimented portico with round brick columns, a plain entablature and plain balustrade on the first floor and hexagonal wooden columns with a plain balustrade, a wide entablature, and a denticulated cornice on the second floor. The concrete steps with parapeted side walls appear to date to the first quarter of the 20th century. The central front door has a 3-light transom and sidelights contained within a Greek Revival-style door surround with fluted trim and a Greek key motif (Photo 2). This doorway appears to be based on the designs from Asher Benjamin's 1833 pattern book entitled, The Practice of Architecture (Figure 2). While the use of popular pattern books was becoming more common in rural parts of Virginia during the mid-19th century, it is still somewhat rare to be able to relate them directly to a specific publication.

Maral S. Kalbian and Margaret T. Peters
January 24, 2007

Mountain Home at 3471 Remount Road is located between Chester Gap and Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia. The two-story, three-bay Greek Revival-style brick dwelling was constructed in 1847 by Samuel Beck Gardner, prominent farmer and Warren County justice. It is one of the county's best preserved examples of the Greek Revival style expressed in brick and one of a very few extant buildings of this style in the region to have borrowed directly from popular pattern books of the period. Mountain Home today stands on a 3.7-acre parcel, although the original holdings of Samuel Gardner in the county encompassed nearly 700 acres. Strategically sited on the primary road from the county seat of Front Royal to Chester Gap, the property was well-placed to observe movements of both Confederate and Federal forces during the Civil War, activity that is vividly described in the diary of one of Samuel Gardner's daughters. The young Ann Gardner provides a rare glimpse of Civil War era activity in one of the most fought-over regions of military activity. Mountain Home, although well placed amidst military activity, fortunately escaped...

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With thanks to the Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA 22630


This diary is recorded in a small notebook inscribed on the front as follows: "Presented to Annie by her Ma June 27th, 1862." Most of the diary is written in pencil, now so faded that some words are illegible and are indicated in this transcription by a dash when the word cannot be deciphered at all, or followed by a question mark when the word is doubtful. The spelling and punctuation is true, as far as was possible, to the original. The sentiments are those of the times and those of a young girl experiencing war for the first time. The Gardner home, known as Mountain Home, was and still is situated on the road between Front Royal and Chester Gap, hugging the Blue Ridge and the well-traveled road that connected the Shenandoah Valley with the Virginia Piedmont. What was in peacetime a pragmatic and convenient location for a home made Mountain Home in time of war a convenient target for looters and a constant scene of the movement of armies and wagon supply trains.

June 30th, 1862
Woke this morning, and found the bright sunshine streaming in at my open window, and heard the sweet notes of the birds as they warbled their morning song in the trees, both seeming to say wake up sluggard, how can you sleep away the most beautiful morning. I obeyed the summons, and on looking out found it even so, how could I sleep away the most beautiful hours of the day. But ah! Thought I...

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