Live in a genuine piece of antebellum history in this charming 3 bedroom/2 bath family home which has enjoyed its picturesque setting on the South River since 1800. Today it proudly displays its recognition plaques from both the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Historic Landmarks Register.
For those seeking vintage character, this home is all you could ask for and more. In the original section, you're surrounded by the 200-year old wood ceiling beams, beaded wall sheathing and wrought iron hardware built by Ruth Powell Breeden, daughter of an early settler. The "new" section, which more than doubled its size, was added in 1842 by Jeremiah McMullan, an up-and-coming merchant and son of another early settler. His tastes ran to the elegant, and he gentrified the home's appearance with Greek Revival architectural elements. Jeremiah later turned from moneymaking to religion, becoming a Methodist itinerant preacher and selling the house in 1850. In 1900, the property was being operated as a tannery, complete with water wheel driven by the South River.
Modern upgrades began in 1973, when the rear of the house was extended to add a bath and utility room and enlarge the kitchen. Today the home is a seamless blend of antique charm and contemporary comfort, with 2,285 square feet of finished space, updated kitchen and baths.
One thing that has never changed is the home's choice location on 2.5+/- acres in the peaceful South River Valley just north of Charlottesville. Here you can still gaze out over the same verdant vistas and sparkling river waters that two centuries of previous owners saw. You can even cast your line into the property's trout stream and have your catch on the dinner table within minutes, just as those early pioneers did.
For authentic country living, steeped in historic charm but within easy reach of 21st century amenities, the Powell-McMullan House is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. is a Charlottesville Va real estate broker that strictly abides by the U.S. and Virginia Fair Housing laws.