A showcase home combining elegance and comfort, this 2-story Greek Revival on Washington Street received a beautification and preservation award from the Lewisburg Foundation. Originally built around 1790 as a tavern and inn, it seamlessly blends 2 centuries of history with such modern features as a steam sauna, a room-size dressing area/closet, and a stone patio with a pool, hot tub, fire pit and barbecue.
A herringbone pattern brick sidewalk leads to the columned front porch, with gas lanterns and a commanding view of Washington Street. The home’s welcoming exterior, light gray with black shutters and a copper roof, opens to a central entry hall. On the right a large parlor with textured wallpaper and a crystal chandelier leads into the living room, with wide plank hardwood flooring, a woodburning fireplace, built-in bookcases, and French doors opening to a brick porch with two ceiling fans.
To the left of the entry hall, the dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows and a striking crystal chandelier. Beyond the dining room, the kitchen has a wood-beamed ceiling, wide plank flooring, off-white cabinetry and Corian counters with seating for four. In addition to a double stainless-steel sink, the kitchen has a granite work island with a prep sink. Appliances include a Thermador wall oven with two ovens and a warming drawer, a Thermador countertop gas range with 5 burners, a side-by-side Frigidaire refrigerator with a freezer drawer, a Kenmore Elite dishwasher, and a GE microwave oven concealed in a pantry with fold-out doors. The exceptionally spacious kitchen includes a sitting area with a woodstove. The kitchen exits to a rear entry room and to the stone patio complex, undeniably one of the home’s most alluring features.
In addition to having one of the few private swimming pools in the Lewisburg area, the patio includes a hot tub, a fire pit, a pool house, and a DCS gas grill built into a brick barbecue with a black granite counter. Even with all the real estate this impressive complex occupies, there’s still plenty of yard left for other activities, plus a 3-car garage and two storage buildings.
The home’s main level includes a bedroom suite with two rooms – a bedroom with two closets and built-in drawers and cubbies, and another room currently in use as a workout space – and a bath with a tiled shower. Also on this level are a half-bath and several storage/coat closets.
Stairs lead to a large landing on the second level with a chandelier and a window overlooking Washington Street, an ideal space for a small office or a reading area. The second level includes the master suite, three additional bedrooms and a laundry room.
The master suite encompasses several rooms. In addition to the master bedroom, with wide plank flooring and recessed lighting, and a truly exceptional room-size dressing area/closet with built-ins, the master suite includes a bath with a Jacuzzi soaking tub and decorative marble surround, and a separate tiled steam sauna room with three shower heads and a pedestal sink.
The laundry room on this level has a tile floor and storage cabinets. There are hookups for a washer and dryer but these appliances do not convey.
In addition to the four upper level bedrooms and main level suite, there is another upstairs bedroom and bath accessed via the rear entry room behind the kitchen. This room includes twin beds, and the adjoining bath has a cast iron tub with a shower surround.
This beautiful 230-year-old home has such a unique history and so many noteworthy features it is often included in house and garden tours. Located only two blocks from the heart of downtown Lewisburg and a block from the General Lewis Inn, it offers ready proximity to all the shopping, dining and entertainment this picture-perfect small town offers. Annual events include the State Fair of West Virginia, Taste of Our Towns, the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival and the Lewisburg Literary Festival. The Greenbrier Valley Theatre, West Virginia’s official state theatre, offers year-round live performances, and well-known and rising stars appear in concert at Carnegie Hall. The home is also within easy walking distance of the campus of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Greenbrier in nearby White Sulphur Springs is one of the world’s top luxury resorts. The hotel’s many offerings include multiple golf courses, a spa, a tennis complex, a casino, over 50 boutique shops, and a dozen restaurants.
The nearby Greenbrier River draws anglers and kayakers, and the 75-mile long Greenbrier River Trail is popular with hikers and cyclists. Snowshoe Ski Resort, the largest ski complex in the Mid-Atlantic States, is a scenic 90-minute drive to the north. Snowshoe offers an extensive system of mountain biking trails in the off-seasons.
This one-of-a-kind property has been part of the fabric of this historic, lively community since its earliest days.