To mark Independence Day in the U.S., we searched and scoured for the spectacular 18th-century homes for sale in some of the original American colonies. The United States is turning 241 this year, and many of these colonial homes are as old or even older.
The historical significance and beautiful architecture of these homes are likely to attract buyers. In fact, when it comes to sales, “a large number of our purchasers are seeking historic homes and properties,” said Frank Hardy of Sotheby’s International Realty. “An older home reveals to you much about the way people of those times lived their lives,” he said.
Take a look at some of the historical—and luxurious—homes below:
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Location: Castle Hill, 6132 Gordonsville Road Keswick, Charlottesville, Virginia
Price: $7.95 million
Details: This colonial mansion is located on one of the most notable historic estates in Virginia, and was built by Dr. Thomas Walker, a trained physician and frontier diplomat and friend of Peter Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s father. As a teen, Thomas Jefferson was a frequent visitor, according to the listing. Built in 1764, the property has both Georgian and Federal styles. The interior has been renovated with modern details without compromising the historical integrity of the house. Highlights of this estate include a pool and pool house, state-of-the-art horse barn, formal landscaped gardens and a guest cottage.
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Location: 275 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, New York
Price: $4.275 million
Details: The house is nestled in a quiet, peaceful area that is just a short drive away from the tony town of Chappaqua, New York, (home to the Clintons). Highlights of this 1775 property include a chef’s kitchen, pool, tennis court, putting green, pool house and a 2.620-square-foot guest house perfect for entertaining visitors from out of town. Regarded as one of Chappaqua’s finest estates, the meticulously renovated interior marries Old World artistry with modern comforts and amenities. The manor sits on over seven acres of land, meaning there are endless possibilities for expansion of the property and its facilities.
Location: 3320 Funks Mill Road, Springtown, Pennsylvania
Price: $2.848 million
Details: A house on a hill, this enchanting estate sits behind grand gates and a long winding driveway. The house is located in Bucks County and is around a 70 minute-drive away from New York City, making it a great second home. As with many of these historical homes, the main pre-Revolutionary part of the mansion has unique features like a hand-carved 14-foot fireplace and a matching professional bar to entertain guests, as well as a reproduction of an 18th- century mahogany library. Other highlights of this 1767-built property are staff quarters, a car collector’s dream of a garage, pool, gardens, fountains and pools.
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Location: 725 Lands End Road, Centreville, Maryland
Price: $15.1 million
Details: Readbourne is a 973-acre, 14,000-square-foot waterfront estate is located in Queen Anne’s County in Maryland. Lucky guests will have three guest houses to choose from, as well as multiple recreational facilities, full skeet range, pool, multiple barns, tennis court, and since this is a hunting property, they can hunt too. There’s a long winding driveway and endless room for expansion. The house is on the register of historic places in Queen Anne’s County. It was originally built in the early 1730s by James Hollyday, and then bought by William Fahnestock of the New York Stock Exchange who did major renovations on the property. The Hollyday family were vital figures in the development of the colony from 1720-1747, according to documents from the Maryland Historical Trust.
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Location: 3989 Route 343, Amenia, New York
Price: $4.95 million
Details: Bogardus Hall mansion is a brick Georgian-style home set between Amenia, New York, and Sharon, Connecticut. The colonial home has been well maintained and genuine woodwork, flooring, fireplaces and other details of the original house have been preserved. The estate has significant historical connections to one of the Hudson Valley’s pioneering Dutch families. It was built in 1781 by Jacob Bogardus, who is said to be the forefather of American cast-iron architecture. The estate overlooks Webatuck Creek and has a chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, gym, media room and a caretaker’s house.
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