(PRWEB) April 23, 2014
A farm once owned by the family of George Washington is scheduled for auction June 3, 2014. The property, known as Clifton, is a roughly 411-acre working cattle farm located in Clarke County, VA, only 3 miles north of Berryville and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. It has a 5-bedroom, 4½-bathroom main house, a guesthouse, and an array of farm buildings. The property was once part of Fairfield, an estate owned by Warner Washington I, a first cousin to George Washington. George worked as a surveyor in the area as a young man and spent a lot of time on the property. The farm continued as a place of importance during the Civil War. For more information, contact Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions at 800-829-8747 or visit http://hallhall.com/ranches-for-sale/properties/clifton.
“Clifton has played a significant role in American history for more than 200 years,” said Shuman. “The current owners purchased the farm in 1988, and it will be sold at auction to only the 4th family of ownership in its history.”
Clifton figured prominently in the history of both our nation and the State of Virginia. Senators, governors, plantation owners, musicians, and artists have gathered at the mansion house to share Clifton’s warm hospitality. During the Civil War, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson quartered his cavalry in the Barracks Barn, the mansion house served as headquarters for General John Mosby’s main Confederate army in August 1864, and later Union General Phil Sheridan directed maneuvers in the northern Shenandoah Valley from the farm.
The main house on the property is done in a Palladian Classical Revival style with a four-over-four floor plan and 12½ foot ceilings. It has been fully renovated with seven fire places, Winchester style mantels, heart pine floors, egg and dart crown molding, a pool with waterfall edge & in-pool hot tub. The guest home, also fully renovated, is stone construction with three bedrooms and a library.
Farm facilities on the property include a large bank barn, 4-stall barn, 15-bay machine shed, milking barn, 10-stall center aisle barn, miles of fencing and a new well and watering system.
“Since the Washington Family’s stewardship in pre-Revolutionary War times, Clifton has been a prestigious country estate with rolling hills and captivating views that give peace and serenity to those select few that have called it home,” said Shuman. “Across generations the name Clifton has been associated with a tradition of excellence in architecture, agriculture and stewardship of the land, and the time has come for a new chapter of ownership in the rich Clifton history to begin.”
Nestled in the northern Shenandoah Valley, protected between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Allegheny Ridge, with the magnificent Shenandoah River running through it, Clarke County is known as an oasis to Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia residents. It boasts a varied population of businesses, which bring a wealth of historical, cultural and social diversity, all within its borders. This planned open space community has only 14,500 residents but no shortage of activities, amenities or access to the big city.
Information days will be held on the property: Friday, May 9th: 5:00pm - 7:00pm; Saturday, May 10th: 10:00am - 12:00pm; Friday, May 23rd: 5:00pm - 7:00pm; Saturday, May 24th: 10:00am - 12:00pm. To schedule additional showings please contact Hall and Hall Auctions at 800-829-8747.
About Hall and Hall:
Hall and Hall was formed in 1946 as an agricultural mortgage company, and has since branched out into farm and ranch brokerage, appraisals, resource management and enhancement, retained search, auctions, and consultation on conservation easements and stewardship plans. Hall and Hall has emerged as the largest full service rural real estate firm in the Rocky Mountain West and Great Plains regions, managing more than one million acres of land, and servicing a loan portfolio of more than $500 million. A unique partnership between its offices in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado ensures that the client receives local knowledge and personal service as well as the international perspective needed to make informed acquisition and management decisions.