– By Hannah Hager
You could be one of the lucky ones. This 18th century farmhouse on Paxson Road in Purcellville is for sale for the first time in five generations, which means it’s a rare opportunity for you to experience a version of Loudoun that is long gone, but still exalted nevertheless.
Loudoun once was a mecca for agricultural pursuits of all kinds as evidenced in the more than 100 acres of rolling, lush green pastures surrounding this Colonial farmhouse. But it’s the building themselves that are what make the “Benedum Farm” such a rarity.
In fact, this property has been featured in newspapers decades ago, when its structures were praised for their uniqueness and historical significance. Not the least of which is its meat house. Three walls have beveled slits that would perfectly fit “the turning of guns. It is not improbable that the building might have been used as a small fort,” reads an undated Times-Mirror article.
The familial ancestry of the home is well documented, as is its numerous renovations and additions from its original stone structure built in the 1770s. The fruit cellar with brick floors was once used by a Purcellville doctor to prepare his medications it is claimed, and the dirt floor in the kitchen once served as the platform to salt down rabbits for dinner.
The right family will settle here so its children can experience the splendor of nature and learn the value of hard work all while getting their hands and feet dirty. From the rust-red dairy barn with twin grain towers, to the stone storage shed and cattle stable, there are plenty of outhouses for children to explore. The current owners once uncovered a buried brick wall 100 yards in front of the farmhouse and speculated whether it was a foundation for another building a wall to a family cemetery.
The house itself is traditional as well, with front and side porches, beamed ceilings, plaster walls, hardwood floors and three wood-burning fireplaces. With a traditional floorplan comes a large kitchen with eat-in table space in addition to a separate dining room and living area.
Rarely does a property this grand – and steeped in so much historical knowledge – change hands between families. Perhaps it’s time you reach out to take it.
Address: 35516 Paxson Rd, Purcellville
Agent: Sam Rees, On the Market Loudoun
Phone: 703 408-4261
Bedrooms: Three bedrooms
Bathrooms: Two full baths
Year Built: 1820
Acreage: 80 acres* (80 acres at $1,495,000 or 135 acres for $2.1 million)
List Price: $1,495,000 (for 80 acres or $2.1 million* on 135 acres
The property is offered for sale in two ways: farm house and 80 acres for $1,495,000 or the farm house on 135 acres for $2.1 million