A Piece of JFK History * Atoka, the ONLY Home that the Kennedys Built

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Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

While reading Mary B. Gallagher's book about her being Jacqueline Kennedy's private secretary, I learned something that I had know known before...that JFK and JBK built a home together in VA during his 3 short years as president.

 

While they owned a home in the Kennedy compound in MA and they where the owners of Hickory Hill in VA before Bobby and Ethel Kennedy bought it, they also bought 38 acres on Rattlesnake Mountain in NoVA and built a home called Atoka which is the name of a nearby community.

 

ATOKA * pictured in November 2013

 

 

 

 

The home was completed in the spring of 1963 and the Kennedys only spent 3 weekends in the house as a family and this is the place that Jackie and her children went after JFK was killed.

 

She sold the home in 1964 and 50 years later, it was on the market for over $10,000,000.  Sources indicate the home originally cost $100,000 to build.

 

Although renamed by subsequent owners, the name Wexford appears to be the most common.

 

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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Beautiful couple, beautiful home on a beautiful piece of property.

Jul 13, 2014 12:04 AM #1
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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Roger * it was not publicized that she had a part and then full time secretary OUTSIDE of the social secretary and staff at the White House...people knew he had a valet and there was a nurse for the 2 children; however, she had a maid and secretary almost round the clock

Jul 13, 2014 12:07 AM #2
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Roger D. Mucci
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Good for her Wallace, why not.....regardless of who cared for her children, they were raised properly IMHO, and kept out of the publics eye until later years when she was ill and failing.

Jul 13, 2014 05:09 AM #3
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Rob Thomas
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Beautiful piece of property... a shame only 3 weekends with a full family

thanks for posting!

Rob

Jul 13, 2014 05:38 AM #4
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Conrad Allen
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Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace.  Thanks for the history lesson.  The property managers joke exempts you and other professionals.

Jul 13, 2014 08:43 PM #5
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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What?  there are property manager AND blond jokes...I can get a two-fer?

Jul 14, 2014 06:24 AM #6
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing this interesting information.

Have a wonderful summer.

Jul 14, 2014 06:45 AM #7
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Wallace. I was not aware of this history, thank you for sharing it. Great trivia questions.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

Jul 14, 2014 10:30 PM #8
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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Very interesting.  I am sure Chief Cook knows all about this, but I didn't.  Thanks, Wallace!

Jul 15, 2014 04:10 AM #9
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Kathleen Vetrano
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The history of homes is always so interesting. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home's biography.  A beautiful home and a slice of American history.  

Jul 16, 2014 11:48 PM #10
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Roy Kelley
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Good morning, Wallace.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Jul 17, 2014 09:39 PM #11
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Hidden passages? Secret rooms? Bomb shelter? Any unique features in the home?

Jul 19, 2014 11:33 PM #12
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