Mackenzie Horne: Homes with history

It is hard not to appreciate the history, charm and architecture of the areas surrounding the nation’s capital. Walking the same cobblestone streets as the Founding Fathers still hits me every single time I show a home in Old Town or Georgetown. We are surrounded by homes with rich history.

This month, I will highlight active listings that are rooted in the past, filled with history, and looking for their next caretaker.

2706 Olive Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, listed for $3,500,000. Built shortly after the Civil War by Edgar Moore, a leading figure in the Black community, the house is part of a vibrant tapestry of African American influence in Washington, D.C. during the Reconstruction era, the listing describes. The home was eventually acquired by Paul and Julia Child in 1948. And this is the home where Julia Child worked on her groundbreaking culinary tome “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

101 N Water Street, Chestertown, MD 21620, listed for $4,400,000. “Widehall,” built in 1769, is the most acclaimed historic downtown waterfront estate in Chestertown, Maryland. The many stewards of this residence, include two Maryland governors and two U.S. Senators.

108 Washington Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, listed for $260,000. How about a historic home built in 1800 that was once a Post Office and backs up to a babbling brook?

202 N Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, listed for $1,590,000. One block from King Street this Second Empire Victorian home was built in 1840 by John Harlow. He and his three brothers (Irish immigrants who worked in the import, export and grocery business) built 202, 204 and 206 North Fairfax at a similar time. They are referred by locals as the 3 Irish Brothers Houses.

20775 Airmont Road, Bluemont, VA 20135, listed for $2,750,000. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register, Rock Hill is a 68-acre horse farm located in the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunt territory, and it is conveniently located near top hunter, jumper and event horse venues.

200 Wye Harbor Drive, Queenstown, MD 21658, listed for $1,975,000. Also listed on the historic registry, Bryan Farm is a restored manor nestled on nearly 17 acres along Sadlers Creek which leads to the renowned Wye River. You can’t miss the historic dairy barn that was completed in 1870.

205 Cherry Street, Saint Michaels, MD 21663, listed for $2,025,000. This 1865 historic Victorian home with mansard slate roof and inn keepers’ residence overlooks St. Michael’s Honeymoon Bridge, Hollis Park, and Navy Point — the home of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The transferable B&B Inn license can be used to rent out the 7 guest bedrooms and host unlimited weddings and events.

2735 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, listed for $4,595,000. This 4-bedroom townhome was American architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen’s, first home in Georgetown. He is known for designing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ home in Martha’s Vineyard during the 1980s, and also restored part of the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Whether you are looking for historic luxury or charm, I would be honored to take a tour back in time with you. Call or email me anytime and we can peer closely at the homes with history around the nation’s capital. Move with Mackenzie Horne.

Mackenzie Horne, MBA is a licensed REALTOR® in VA, DC and MD with McEnearney Associates in McLean, VA. Send Mackenzie a message at 571-594-9136, [email protected] or @MackHorneRealtor.

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