It seems Prince William County‘s Corey Stewart is having a pretty good month.
Last week, the Republican Board of Supervisors chairman announced his campaign for lieutenant governor. And on Wednesday, he and his wife, Maria, bought what is believed to be Prince William’s oldest home during a live auction -- a Woodbridge estate where Thomas Jefferson once stayed and George Washington once honeymooned.
Corey Stewart did not attend the auction, but Maria Stewart was there to put in the winning bid of $875,000 for the estate built in 1740.. The total price, with a 10 percent fee, was $962,500 and prospective buyers had to show up with a $25,000 cashier's check. They also must pay five percent of the total purchase price within five days, auction officials said.
The current owner, Bill Naedele, auctioned the property because he wants to retire to the warmer environs and less trafficked roads of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. His former father-in-law had restored the 1680s home in the late 1940s. He has until Monday to officially accept or refuse the Stewarts’ offer.
"You've got some serious yard to play in!" said family friend Sam Young to the Stewarts’ two young sons, Isaac and Luke. The Woodbridge property has 25 acres and contains other historic structures collected by Naedele's family.
Maria Stewart declined to comment after the auction and her husband could not immediately be reached. Check back for the full story on the newly purchased house.