Own a piece of history in the Roberdeau House

Own a piece of history in the Roberdeau House

(Photos/Bob Narod)
At a Glance:
Location: 418 S. Lee St., 22314
Price: $3,700,000
Neighborhood: Old Town
Bedrooms: 6     Bathrooms: 4.5
Parking: Off-street
Contact:  Babs Beckwith, McEnearney Associates, Inc., 703-836-1297, babsbeckwith@aol.com

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The Roberdeau House, located on 418 S. Lee St., one of Old Town’s most coveted locations, is a historic beauty. Completed in 1780 for General Daniel Roberdeau, a wealthy merchant who used it as his home, this residence was part of a lot he purchased in 1774.

Roberdeau, the first brigadier general of the Pennsylvania Militia, operated a lead mine at his own expense and supplied bullets to the army of Washington. He was also a member of Congress from 1777 to 1779, during which time he signed the Articles of Confederation and was president of America’s first textile mill, which started in 1775.

Built sturdily of native brick, this home with six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms occupies four stories and a basement, and is a testament to its early creator. Listed in the Historic American Building Survey, it boasts eight impressive fireplaces; original floors; an original staircase with shadow rail; original woodwork, moldings and door casings; and a beautiful keystone arch in the front hall.

The dining room and upstairs sitting room are graced by 12 over 12 windows, while two spacious bedrooms overlook the Potomac River. A rear garden surrounds three sides of the house and there is off-street parking for two cars.




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