When you begin looking for houses of historical significance, especially on the week of Thanksgiving, you often turn to the places where the country was born. For this week’s historical shelter, we found a Virginia home owned by a Revolutionary War soldier turned inn owner, with ties to a founding father and future president.
The Green Hill House, located in Salem, Virginia, was built in 1776. But the land it sits on was granted to William Walton in 1774, by none other than the Governor of Virginia — Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson granted 1,200 acres along the Roanoke River in what would eventually be Salem to Walton, who built the brick home we’re featuring this week. About 10 years later, Walton obtained a license to open an inn, and became a popular stopover for people heading to what would become the Louisiana Territories.
It is rumored that Jefferson frequented Green Hill House a few times, too.
By 1845, Walton sold the home to his son-in-law, Robert Craig — who was a U.S. congressman from 1829 to 1841. Craig is credited with giving the property its current name.
Nowadays, the property sits adjacent to Green Hill Park, which was once part of the original 1,200 acres in the land grant.
The home has been well-maintained and has kept in mind its historical provenance with the updates you see. The main floor boasts a grand ballroom with fireplaces and three chandeliers, a full bathroom, a formal dining room, a family room, and cathedral ceilings in the now-gourmet kitchen and hearth room — perfect spaces for a family Thanksgiving for any future owner.
The home has been used currently as an event space, which is undoubtedly a charming nod to how the home’s original owner took to innkeeping and hospitality for travelers and locals way back when.
“This historical home will make a wonderful place to live and entertain, and has been a perfect event venue,” Realtor Tim Thompson of MKB Realtors said. “Many modern details include gourmet kitchen, new skylights, new roof, and nine new Fujitsu mini-splits heating and cooling systems.”
All told, there are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 4,814 square feet of living space in the home, on roughly 2.5 acres.
And the grounds are lovely, too, with a formal rose garden, koi pond, a wisteria-laced arbor entrance to a brick patio, and beautiful trees and lush grass.
The home is listed for $549,950. For more photos and the full listing, click here.