Robert E. Lee’s childhood home on the market for $8.5 million

Robert E. Lee’s childhood home on the market for $8.5 million
Robert E. Lee's childhood home at 607 Oronoco St.(Photo courtesy HRL Partners)

By Alexa Epitropoulos |

The childhood home of famed Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Old Town is on the market.

Owners Mark and Ann Kington recently listed the home, located at 607 Oronoco St., for $8.5 million. The home spans more than 8,000 square feet and includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The Kington family purchased the home in 2000 for $2.5 million, according to city property records.

Lee and his mother Ann and his father, Henry Lee III, a Revolutionary War veteran and politician who was also known as “Light-Horse Harry,” occupied the house from 1812, when Lee was five, until the time that he entered West Point in 1825. The home was first built in 1795 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home was owned, for a time, by Civil War historic preservation group the Lee-Jackson Foundation. The preservation group was unable to afford the cost of upkeep, the Washington Post reported at the time, resulting in its sale to the Kington family.

Lee’s childhood home is separate from the Lee-Fendall House, located at 614 Oronoco St. That home, operated as a museum by the Virginia Trust for Historic Preservation, was inhabited by 37 members of the Lee family between 1785 and 1903, according to its website.

The home is listed by Washington Fine Properties’ HRL Partners.