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Property Information
Storegate
601 South Main Street
Lexington, VA
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Price: $1,295,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Feet: 4,285
Lot Description/Acreage:
0.91
Year Built:
1859
Architectural Style:
Romantic
(c.1820-1880)
 
Contact Information
Name: John Czekner Jr.
Agency: Sterling Properties and Management
Phone: 540-841-1426 or 540-462-3770
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Property History
The original home which is now the kitchen was most probably built in 1832 for the James Campbell family. The addition (or 2nd home) was built in 1859. James Campbell died in the 1850's and the Campbell farm was sold to E.F. Payton and W.G. White. The house stood on 175 acres. These two men then subdivided the farm and "offer for sale at public auction" much of the subdivision. The lot containing the "dwelling house" was purchased for $6,080 by Reverend William M. McElwee. 
Reverend McElwee built what we see now as the main house in 1859. He owned it throughout the Civil War.

After the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee was asked to be President of nearby Washington College (now Washington and Lee University). He accepted and moved to the city of Lexington. The General would visit the Reverend McElwee and sometimes stay late into the afternoon. Word would spread that the General was there and great crowds would assemble in front of the house to watch him leave. General Lee liked to keep his privacy and would leave the house through a trap door in the floor of the dining room which would take him into the basement and out the back of the home avoiding the crowds.

Reverend McElwee sold the home in 1871 to Harriet Sellers for $10,000. The home was sold again in 1889 to the Moody family. Mr. Moody attended VMI and its alumni house is named for him. Several ownerships took place between 1900- 1974. The house surprisingly had been unchanged in design since 1890.

In 1990 the home was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Browne who refurbished the entire home. The finest structural, mechanical and technical updates were added and the historical trap door (Lee's escape route) was left in place and incorporated into the new cherry flooring.

 
Property Description
PRIME LOCATION !!!! One of Lexington's most unique and historic homes in Downtown. This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home was superbly restored in the 1990's and is extraordinarily well-appointed with all the details & materials one would expect in a home as grand as ''Stonegate.'' The home sits in a Park-Like setting on nearly a full acre and also includes a Carriage House with a 2 B/R Apt. over a 2 car garage.

Last Updated: December 15, 2020
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