Life Springs Farm – Circa 1770

  • $1,950,000


A stunning period brick Lexington Virginia historic home of magnificent quality, both in architecture & its environs, set amidst 185 acres. A private setting, reached by a inviting tree-lined drive, which passes pastures, a stable, gentle brook, stone spring house, gardens, massive oak trees & leads to the handsome columned house. The 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bath home is beautifully restored & updated. Comfortable living areas: sunroom to the drawing room, to the beautiful eat-in kitchen, to a lovely dining room, and then up to the wonderful bedrooms. Garden areas, handsome stonework, a Guest Cabin, and outdoor sitting areas lead to serene views of the grounds & Blue Ridge Mountains.. The land is well fenced & watered, & currently is home to sheep & cattle. It would be equally well suited to horses, & lovers of beauty. Gently nestled in the Shenandoah Valley between the Appalachians and the breathtaking vistas of the majestic Blue Ridge mountains. Today, the rolling pastoral estate comprises nearly two hundred acres of lush grass meadows and old wood forests. In addition to the ethereal views, nature abounds with abundant bird species making Life Springs their year-round and migratory home. Bluebirds, scarlet cardinals, purple and yellow finches, chickadees, warblers, orioles, doves, owls, hawks, turkeys and many more can be seen daily. Abundant deer, fox, rabbit, squirrels and others call the fields and forests home. There are four life springs on the property and a year-round crystal water stream that could fill a beautiful lake. The watershed is protected by a conservation buffer that nurtures copious flora and fauna. Down the embanked drive, worn from a century of wagons and carriages, quietly presides the gracious 18th century hand-crafted brick and four column Manor, affectionately known as Old Liberty . Constructed in the 1770s by the Hamilton family of Virginia, this American legacy has stood proudly during all her wars and through all her Presidents. There is a palpable spirit of love, grace and easy hospitality anointing the home likes the gentle benedictions from the nearby Falling Springs Carillion. Beside her gardens stands an 1850s log cabin known as Jefferson’s Kitchen which is used as a separate fully contained guest cottage. Adjacent to this and nestled in the pines is the once quaint, now declining, 1830s one-room log schoolhouse. A batten board stable once home to horses and chickens shoulders the lower entrance drive. In 1930s, Dr. Francis P. Gaines, President of Washington and Lee University and his family called this their Pen Robin home. He expanded the Four over Four manor with a sizeable two-story wing addition to the east and gardens to the north where he entertained the likes of the DuPonts, as well as the Ball and Cabell families of Virginia. The home offers 3 guest rooms and a private master suite, 5 bathrooms, 7 fully operational wood burning fireplaces, first and second floor utility rooms and some 6, 000 square feet of space under roof. The Log Cabin presents another loft bedroom, kitchen, bath and fireplace living area. In addition to numerous upgrades to mechanical and structural systems performed recently, a new kitchen is added and its bathrooms have been masterfully reconstructed with top end fixtures, hand crafted woodwork. Italian marble and stone beautifully grace the countertops. Outside the pastures are restored with warm and cool season grasses, miles of wood and wire fencing, ample electric services, several wells, springhouses, seven automatic waterers and many faucets. The run-sheds and paddocks, once home to many horses, are now enjoyed by rare breed Leister Long Wool Sheep in association with Colonial Williamsburg and majestic pure bred Black Angus cattle.



  • City Glasgow
  • State/county Virginia
  • Zip/Postal Code 24555
  • Country United States


Updated on May 7, 2021 at 6:20 pm
  • Price: $1,950,000
  • Property Size: 4972 SqFt
  • Land Area: 185 Acres
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 1770


  • 4
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Bathrooms
  • 4972
  • SqFt
  • 1770
  • Year Built

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