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Virginia Farm with George Washington Ties Heads to Auction

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While JFK's vacation home waits for a buyer at $7.95M, another Virginia property with a presidential seal of approval is looking to change hands, this one part of Fairfield, an estate once owned by Warner Washington I, a first cousin to George Washington. Now known as Clifton, the property has been a working cattle farm since the current owners acquired it in 1988, and the Wall Street Journal goes out of its way to note that no livestock are included in the sale. What is included is a circa 1834 five-bedroom main house—renovated and restored but still with original pine floors—a guest house, and a number of ranch buildings, plus 411 acres of land, part of which falls in West Virginia. The only remnants of the 1700s, when George Washington worked as a surveyor in the area (and "spent a lot of time with Warner," the director of a local historical society assures the Journal) are a stone summer kitchen, which has since been restored and is currently used for storage, and a round ice house that now sits near a pool. A reserve price hasn't been reached yet, but this latest property with Washington name-dropping rights is set to go to auction on June 3.

· George Washington Family Farm Hitting The Auction Block [Curbed DC]
· Farm With Washington Ties Heads to Auction [WSJ]