This wonderful historic home in Williamsburg, Virginia will be going to auction on Thursday, October 20th at 6:00 PM. This Dutch Colonial was built in 1790 on the Campus of Hampden-Sydney College. It was then later dismantled and then moved to its current location at 205 Royal Grant Drive. This 2 story, Dutch Colonial has 4 fireplaces, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Filled with quaint architectural details, and conveniently located in York County, you will not want to miss this unique opportunity to own a piece of Virginia history!
Terms: 10% Buyer’s Premium. For registration buyers will need a driver’s license for positive ID and a $5000.00 cashier’s check made payable to the bearer. A total deposit of five percent (5%) is required on auction day. Balance due at closing. Closing to take place on or before Thursday, November 17, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
September 10, 2016
For immediate release
Contact: Barry Cole, 757-539-9866, email@example.com
or Carla Harris, 434-594-4406, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rare Historic Home Up for Auction
More than 200-Year-Old Custom House with Original Features and Unique Origin
(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) – A rare, true Colonial home boasting one of the most unique histories in Virginia, perhaps on the entire East Coast, is up for auction. Located at 205 Royal Grant Drive in York County, just off of Colonial Parkway, this custom Dutch Colonial Estate was originally built around 1790. While many homes in the area are of Colonial styling, this is one of the few built by actual colonists.
“The home was initially constructed just after the American Revolutionary War near the campus of Hampden-Sydney College in Prince Edward County by some of Virginia’s early settlers,” said auctioneer Barry Cole of A.B. Cole and Associates Auction and Realty – United Country Real Estate, broker VAAF #0796, who will auction the property live, onsite on Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m.
The house survived the American Civil War, harsh weather conditions and served as a comfortable home for generations of Virginia sons and daughters. Years later, the then-owner of the home, a true purist who wanted to maintain the home’s historical accuracy, dismantled the house – board-by-board – and had it carefully moved to its current location just three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, where it was reassembled and completely renovated to reflect its original design. “The owner believed a real Colonial home best belonged in the Colonial Capitol,” Cole said.
Many of the home’s fixtures and features are original, such as metal door locks, double-width brick chimneys, four fireplaces – including one in the kitchen used to prepare meals in the 18th and 19th centuries – woodworking, carvings, paneling, and architectural lines. During its restoration, additional fixtures needed were carefully crafted in Williamsburg to match the period styling of the home. One rare distinction is the distinguished center hall with five bays. While not unheard of in Colonial times, such a design was quite uncommon during that period and makes the home even more unique. The house was actually built around the hallway, unlike typical Colonial homes with front entrances that opened to a main area with rooms built off to the sides.
The two-story Dutch Colonial also offers three bedrooms, two baths, modern utilities and plumbing, an English basement, heart pine floors, deep crown molding and wainscoting, exposed beams, 200-year-old cypress cabinets, and a staircase with landing that looks over the center hall.
Importance to the Community
Cole hopes the home will capture the interest of history buffs and lovers of architecture, as well as colleges, universities, historical societies and organizations dedicated to preservation.
“Entering this home is like stepping back into the 1700s. I believe it’s important that its integrity be kept,” Cole said. “It’s historically accurate. The owners made sure of that. To call it unique or one-of-a-kind is an understatement. You will never see another home like this, with such a fascinating story behind it and to which such meticulous attention to detail has been so gingerly given.”
The auctioning of the home also presents a unique buying opportunity. ““
The auction marketing method is one of the best ways to present an exquisite property such as this to the public,” said Cole. “It’s a chance to own a gorgeous historic home in an ideal location at a market price that only the auction format can provide.”
Potential buyers and interested parties can preview the home on Saturday, October 8 and October 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Offers will also be accepted prior to the auction. For the media, interviews, tours and photos are provided upon request, along with a press availability reception to be determined at a later date. A media alert will be sent with the exact date and time. Additional information about the property, as well as details of the auction, can be found online at https://abcole.wpengine.com/auction/historic-williamsburg-dutch-colonial/, by calling 757-539-9866 or by email to email@example.com.