401 Hanover Street Down Town Fredericksburg Va 22401 For Sale

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401 Hanover
Fredericksburg, Viginia
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Fredericksburg Historical Down Town House for Sale

$ Click for current price
6 BATHROOMS ( 5 full, 1 half )
5861 Square Feet


 Historical House located on 401 Hanover Street Downtown Fredericskburg Virginia 

Welcome to 401 Hanover street. This property is ideal for someone that would like to own a piece of history in the City of Fredericksburg.  Wow ! 4 finished Levels offering all the rooms one can imagine and then some.  As you approach this property you are welcomed by a large front porch  that has character and charm. Then as you enter this lovely home you are welcomed by a large foyer with hardwood floors and a grand staircase leading up to the upper 2 levels. This home was renovated years ago and is in great condition most of the rooms are accented by  marble fireplaces and custom trim work.  An Estate Home of Historical Significance and walking distance to restaurants, downtown shopping, parks and walking trails and the Rappahanock River.  


This beautiful yellow house is a  piece of history located on the corner of Hanover and Charles.  This house has plenty of homes and the kitchen is very open and airy and  has a butlers pantry just steps away where there is an old large  cooking hearth.  There is a back starircase that leads to a smaller room that has a full bath and closet which could be used as a guest room or study.  The upper floor would include the main master bedroom with a large closet area and plenty of storage and a washer dryer hookup is also located here in the main bedroom level.  There are 2 other bedrooms and the Blue Room which is currently being used as a sitting room with a fireplace and bay window. The second upper level has a main gathering area where one could use as a dinning or second living area and off  this room is a second kitchen,  family room, 2 other bedrooms and a full bathroom.  Then as you travel back down the stairs to the basement, there is a large fireplace with a door that leads to the side house, a full bath , a rough in for a full kitchen and a smaller room off of the family room.




As is the case with so many historic Fredericksburg homes, the history of the property is as interesting as the house itself. This story includes information gathered under the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and thorough research by Janet Edson, who in 2000 compiled a comprehensive history for the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation’s marker project.

After John Allan subdivided Allan Town in the 1750s, the land on which 401 Hanover St. and neighboring homes would be built had a succession of owners, including Charles Yates, Daniel Grinnan and John Welford, who sold the lot for 401 Hanover to Eustace Conway, a local lawyer.

Conway built the original house for his wife and children in 1851. By 1857, he was dead at age 37, and his widow sold the house to Elizabeth Fitzgerald in 1860. Three years later Fitzgerald sold the house to businessman S. Warren Slaughter, who ended up renting it to his brother, Montgomery Slaughter, who was mayor at the time. The mayor’s downtown home had been destroyed by Union troops as they entered the city in December 1862.

The next owner was Joseph Fickin, followed by St. George Fitzhugh, who owned it from 1883 to 1928 and oversaw the construction of the third story and the side addition. Also during Fitzhugh’s ownership, in 1900, President William McKinley visited the house with his Cabinet while in town for a meeting of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. Hundreds gathered around the house to see and greet the president.

The J. Minor Holloway family then owned it until 1984, when investors Hunter Greenlaw and Henry Browne bought it and divided it into five apartments.

When they bought 401 Hanover in 1996, Kenneth and Mainette Loff were committed to returning the property to single-family residence status. The sensitive restoration was completed in 1998 and the couple moved in. The house was on HFFI’s Candlelight Tour in 2000 and on the Garden Week tour in 2002.

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