Ibykus Farm, the Leesburg estate used until recently as an operations base and "safe house" by political extremist and convicted felon Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., is up for sale.
But LaRouche, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion, has no intention of moving his organization out of the area, said Dana Scanlon, his spokeswoman.
LaRouche has underscored his commitment to staying in the area by running a jailhouse election campaign with the help of 100 supporters to unseat Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), she said. "Everyone is happy living here," Scanlon said. "And no one has intentions of moving anywhere."
Scanlon said LaRouche lived on the estate from 1986 to 1988, when he and six associates were convicted of a variety of mail fraud charges stemming from fund-raising efforts that netted $25 million for the organization.
A source familiar with the LaRouche organization said it appears the group has moved its headquarters to a smaller estate nearby called Windy Hill, which records show was bought for $1.07 million last year by a LaRouche supporter.
The source, who asked not to be named, said that guard posts and sophisticated electronic security devices that once protected Ibykus Farm have been moved to Windy Hill. "The property is deserted," the source said of Ibykus, which is two miles outside of Leesburg. "Probably has been for months."
Carter-Braxton Inc., the real estate firm that listed the property for sale last month, would not discuss details of the property. Scanlon said she did not know who owned the property or what its price would be. The source said Ibykus, which has three houses and a mansion, is worth at least $5 million.
With 14 rooms, eight fireplaces and 5 1/2 baths, the mansion provided LaRouche and his aides with comfortable surroundings in which to operate various magazines, newspapers and fund-raising schemes.
The other buildings on the property housed LaRouche's closest aides or served as organization quarters. The place was heavily patrolled by armed guards.
LaRouche said he named the estate after a work by German poet Friedrich Schiller called "Cranes of Ibykus." The poem was named for a 6th century B.C. writer of erotic poetry who was murdered, but whose killers were said to have been unmasked by a flock of cranes that followed them.