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POHICK FARM

 

 

Pohick Farm is a 464-acre farm nestled in its own private valley, only sixty minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., two miles from Route 66, twenty minutes from Middleburg and twenty-five minutes from Warrenton. Nearby villages include Delaplane, Markham, and Hume. Sandwiched between the Old Dominion Hounds and the Piedmont Hunt countries, it abuts the old kennels of the Cobbler Hunt, whose master, General (then Colonel) George S. Patton, led the field during the 1920's and 1930's.

Hyperbole notwithstanding, the setting is truly spectacular. Bordered by the iconic Cobbler Mountains to the south and Red Oak Mountain to the west, the owner's dwelling overlooks a natural valley bisected by Branch Creek towards a sweeping viewshed crisscrossed by tree-laden ridges, undulating rises and open fields (see image below). Pohick Farm resides within the John Marshall-Leeds Manor Historic District, named after Supreme Court justice John Marshall. Carrington, named after Marshall's son, is an 1824 Federalist home built immediately across the road and partially within Pohick Farm's viewshed. The property is ideally suited for a thoroughbred horse operation or other livestock, and is rich in natural habitat and oak-laden woodland supporting abundant wildlife.

In 2006, the owners placed the property in conservation easement, joining hundreds of other property owners who have made the Northern Fauquier County the most heavily conserved region in the country. The result is that the farm is currently divided into two improved and two unimproved lots: 78 acres comprises the owner's dwelling, guest/tenant cottage, pool house, pond, and the most visible portions of new board fencing. 189 acres comprise the principal farming operation, including the barn, farmer's house, and storage/out buildings. A 96 acre parcel with a northerly viewsheid and declining slope at one end of the property and a 99.5 acre parcel with a southerly viewshed and declining slope -- both excellent building sites -- round out the current lot adjustment configuration. By easement, the entire property is restricted to four building sites (two already improved), which are easily accessed because the entire property is bounded on three sides by rural road frontage. The sellers are willing to consider selling less than the entire farm.

 

Pohick South to Big Cobbler

The farm acquired its name from the original deed identifying a portion of the land as "Pohic Trac" and the owner as Brian Fairfax, the nephew of Lord Fairfax. In the late 18th century, Brian Fairfax offered the property to George Washington in payment of a debt. At least one of the owners (the author of this text) is convinced Washington slept in what today are remnants of a two-room stone cottage next to the farmer's house. As a young man, George Washington surveyed much of this region, which played an important part in our country's
history.

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If you are interested in visiting the property, please call William T. Semple, a licensed realtor representing Frank Hardy Sotheby's International Realty, who is handling the sale for his siblings and himself. He can be reached at (540) 347-4378 or (540) 903-6645. Frank Hardy Sotheby's International Realty is located at 417 Park St., Charlottesville, VA, 22902. The firm's telephone number is (434) 296-4134. You can also email Bill at wsemple@msn.com or visit www.huntcountryfarmsandestates.com for mailing addresses. Offer is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change of price or withdrawl without notice. All information herein is deemed reliable, but is not warranted or otherwise guaranteed. Licensed in Virginia.