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House of the Week: Falls Church home with Civil War ties

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This week’s featured home, the Almond Birch House in Falls Church, played a role in the Civil War.

Real estate agent Sue Jin Song of Coldwell Banker writes:

During the Civil War, on June 18, 1863, two Union officers had supper with Almond Birch at his home. Major Sterling and Captain Fisher were carrying important war dispatches from General Hooker to General Pleasonton. They were captured by Confederate cavalrymen at the yard gate. The dispatches were confiscated and hand-delivered by Major Mosby to General Stuart. This event was subject to a Congressional investigation.

The four-bedroom home, which has been renovated extensively since the Civil War, sits on 0.77 acres of land. The home’s backyard includes a koi pond and a swimming pool with a connecting spa.

“It’s close to bike trails, the Metro, restaurants, shops, everything you could want, but you also feel like you’re really removed from it all,” said Song. “Having drinks by the pool at night is just so tranquil.”

The house is on the market for $1.48 million.

Listing: 209 Midvale Street

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Profile: Falls Church

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Abha Bhattarai is a business reporter for The Washington Post. She has previously written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the St. Petersburg Times.

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