George Washington Slept Here: An 18th Century Plantation House For Sale in Virginia

Ever wanted to own a piece of history? Here’s your chance! The historic 18th-century Bel Air estate in Woodbridge, Virginia, will be auctioned on April 18. It was built in 1740 on the site of a former frontier fort and has been beautifully preserved over the years.

It was home to George Washington’s first biographer, Parson Weems, who made the cherry tree story famous. George and Martha Washington actually slept here during their honeymoon on their way to Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson was once a guest, too. Take a look!

Restoration of the house began in 1949, and it was further updated in the 1990’s with modern plumbing and electrical systems.

The sense of history has been preserved in the house over the years. It probably didn’t look drastically different when the Washingtons were guests here.

The house has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths.

Bel Air is set on 25 private acres and has been recognized by the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.

It’s also included in the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places.

Want it? The auction takes place on April 18. For more photos, floorplans, and information, go to Preservation Directory and Mouse on House. The contents of the property will be auctioned online at eBidLocal. Thanks to Elizabeth for telling me about it!

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  1. says

    The brick floors and grey paint are wonderful. Love the library!

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  2. says

    This is one of the most pleasant historic houses I have seen. Just the right size, a good amount of land, and so many architectural features–I especially love those halls. My only cavil is that it is perhaps a bit over-restored for my taste. I am sure that they will get a generous price for this.
    –Road to Parnassus

  3. says

    What an amazing house! It’s too bad the contents will be auctioned off seperately! The furnishing fit so well in the house, they should go WITH the house!

  4. says

    Those are some impressive boxwoods as well. I love the English basement, and I wonder what the lower level looks like.

  5. Janice Mahon says

    I have lived in the Washington, D.C. area for over 40 years and have toured almost all of the historic homes. This beautiful home is just spot on, paint colors original to the period, furnishings true to the age of the house. Hopefully, the new owners won’t change anything. This house is a treasure.

  6. says

    Charm! Loads of it! :-)

    I love the chandelier and the foyer, although it seems to be a too large for its place, but.. still beautiful!

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  7. says

    Why that’s right down the street from me. May need to check it out in person. What an awesome place. It’s my dream to own a largely historically intact 17th or 18th century home.

  8. Kim says

    What a beautifully preserved home. Looks like time stood still.

    As much as I love historical homes, I would be afraid to live one worried that I would damage something. I would love to stay in one though.

  9. Nadege says

    Beautiful house, but I would have liked to see the kitchen.

  10. Heather H says

    Wow, I live here in Woodbridge and had no idea this house existed. It looks divine, wish I had the spare cash to buy it!

  11. Karen says

    Lovely. I love the library and the use of grey looks beautiful in this home. I also hope that the next owner will appreciate it. I went to the site and looked at some of the other properties being auctioned due to bankruptcies. Thank you for posting this.

  12. says

    Love the pictures of Parson Weem’s house that is still being maintained today. We hope the new owners will continue on with the same stewardship. We can’t say that George slept here at his namesake inn, but feel he would if he were alive today!

  13. anna m. godfrey says

    I am amazed at the serinity & beauty of this plantaiton home today. It has been very well maintained / restored. I (Anna Mae Stanley-Godfrey) was actually born in this home in 1939 to the parents of Woodrow Wilson and Viola Rebecca Stanley. My cousin, Edwin Bland was also born in this home in 1933.

    • says

      Really? Wow! How amazing to have been a part of a house and a family with so much American history. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!