THE LAFAYETTE HOUSE
The Historic Lafayette House, a magnificent period home in the Adam style, hosted General Lafayette during his extended visit to Old Town on his grand tour of the United States at the invitation of President James Madison in 1824. The Lafayette House has been home to many notable early historical figures, including Nelly Custis and her family as well as Thomas, Ninth Lord Fairfax, not to mention a number of notable owners since.
Exception details of this extraordinary home include the molded elliptical transom feature of the doorway, with graceful lunettes on each side. The elegant doorway and the grand entry hall, with its curved door under the grand floating staircase are just two of the notable features of this exceptional home.
The elegant double parlors, with Adam mantles, 12' ceilings and pocket doors are enhanced by beautiful woodwork and original fauxed doors leading to the entry hall.
The dining room is of ample size to host state dinners and boasts an exquisite shell corner cupboard similar to one at Winterthur.
On the upper level there are several bedrooms, most notably the placqued room where General Lafayette stayed during his visit as well as a very commodious library with incredible light flooding in through the original windows on two sides. On the third floor there are two additional bedrooms and full bath often used by guests. All floors are of heart pine and thought to be original to the house as is much, if not all of the beautifully detailed woodwork throughout.
The walled garden provides graceful walkways, a gazebo and one interior parking space, while there is parking for two additional cars in the front of the wrought iron gate leading to the garden.
It is reputed that this is the first time in its history that this magnificent house has been offered publicly to the market.