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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/03/2012

House of the week

Who doesn’t like to look at photos of beautiful homes? Today we feature a home in Old Town Alexandria that’s one of those ‘George Washington slept here’ houses, with a story that may or may not be true. According to Sotheby’s agent Roy Melloni , the man who became our first president is said to have wet his whistle at a tavern that might--or might not--have once stood on the site now occupied by this-Colonial style home. The house, with four-bedrooms, five-bathrooms and a pool , is listed for sale for $4.2 million.

From Roy: 

Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, 414 Franklin Street was ... believed to be Spring Gardens Tavern.  A prominent researcher in Old Town believes she has a well documented argument to suggest that it was formerly a tavern, while the City’s archeologist (after a dig in the back yard) does not believe it was formerly Spring Gardens Tavern.  The debate will continue but what it has done is brought attention to this beautiful historic home.

This home was recently renovated and was put on the market in December. It was on the market before it was renovated and got no takers.

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