We would be all ears if the walls of this week’s featured house in Leesburg could speak.
We’d love to know more about the 1862 meeting at the home between Robert E. Lee and his generals, a gathering that would inspire Mort Kunstler’s painting “Gods and Generals,” which was based on the historical events of the Jeff Shaara novel and the Ron Maxwell movie of the same name.
The room where Lee met with Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, James Longstreet, J.E.B. Stuart, Lewis Armistead and their aides before the Battle of Antietam has been restored almost exactly as Kunstler depicted it in the painting.
And we’d give anything to hear about James Dickey’s creative process as he wrote the novel “Deliverance” while staying there. The desk where he worked is part of the furnishings in the house and conveys to the buyer.
“It’s very unusual to have a house of this caliber,” said listing agent Roz Drayer of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “You very seldom get houses this interesting on the market.”
Glenfiddich House, which was known as Harrison Hall during the Civil War, was built in 1760. It was renovated and expanded by the Harrisons, relatives of George Washington, in 1860. After a fire in 1980, the main house was again renovated and updated. During the renovation, Confederate money was found in the attic.
“The molding on this house is amazing,” Drayer said. “I can’t even imagine how much it would have cost in those days.”
The main house has 10 bedrooms, eight with their own fireplace. There is also a carriage house, stables that have been turned into a business center and two more historic buildings: a spring house and a smokehouse.
This house in downtown Leesburg with its unusual artistic and historic past is available fully furnished for $4.95 million.
Listing: Glenfiddich House, Leesburg
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