Agent Tip: The Maples, a Historic Virginia Estate

Last week's agent submission was a mod masterpiece overlooking the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. On the opposite end of the spectrum, this week we're taking a tour of an elegant Civil War-era estate in Virginia, submitted by Andy Stevens of Long & Foster Real Estate.

Location: Upperville, Va.
Listed By: Andy Stevens of Long & Foster Real Estate
Price: $5,300,000

Known as The Maples, the 60-acre property comes with a manor house, several stone outbuildings -- and an utterly fascinating past. Built in 1853 for businessman Joshua Fletcher, the estate was one of the sites of the Battle of Unison in 1862, and a bullet hole from the conflict can still be seen in the door to the kitchen. Union troops also attempted to burn down a barn on the property, yet Fletcher and his wife still took it upon themselves to shelter and nurse a wounded Union soldier.

The property stayed in the Fletcher family until 1999, when it was purchased by Stevens -- the listing agent himself -- and his wife Michele. The couple spent more than three years renovating and restoring the estate, and the end result is stunning. Original millwork, light fixtures and fireplaces are seamlessly integrated with high-end updates, from the Carerra marble countertops in the kitchen to the steam shower in the master bathroom.

Outside, there's a new swimming pool and nine restored buildings -- including a guesthouse, a bank barn, a woodworking shop and a smoke house -- all surrounded by hundreds of acres of pastures and preserved battlegrounds. Would you call this historic estate home? 

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