Under Contract, Apparently with the Blessings of John Trone Himself

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Under Contract, Apparently with the Blessings of John Trone Himself

It takes a special buyer to appreciate a 194 year old historic property.  Certainly, when The John Trone House, located at 8200 Buckland Mill Road hit the market at $259,000 it got a lot of attention.  Buyers were drawn to the price for a single family home on two acres in a convenient Gainesville location.  Of course, not all appreciated the home as a historic landmark.  One buyer made a lowball offer based on comparison to other properties and unethusiastically got across the message that she "could live there " for the amount she offered.  Clearly, not the right buyer.

Meanwhile, an agent representing a serious couple called with many questions.  So that nothing was lost in the game of telephone, this being such a unique property, I suggested that she and her buyers, my seller and I meet at the property.  And so we did.  The agents looked on as the buyers got more information than they bargained for, and a guided tour of the property and the neighboring church that John Trone (a local preacher at the time) helped build.  We even visited the grave sites on the church grounds where John Trone, his wife and daughter are buried.

There was so many stories shared of the history of Buckland.  We showed the Civil War era drawing over the mantel and pointed out where The John Trone House was depicted in its original form...a much larger home.  The buyers loved it and so appreciated that it conveys with the sale. 

And there was more local history.  Evidently, George Washington, Napoleon and Lafayette stayed at the inn (another historic property on the other side of Buckland Mill Road.)  It gets better.  Napoleon apparently had a niece that lived on Buckland Mill Road.  And since she had been recently married, he brought with him a cast iron gate (8,000 lbs worth) to bestow upon her as a wedding gift.  We were told the current owner of the church behind The John Trone House, and another home in the Buckland area, still has that gate to this day.  You don't get this kind of history in any one bedroom home!

On the walk back from the Trone family graves, I noticed a small cross in the walking path and asked the owner if he had buried a small animal there, like a bird.  Leading the pack with buyers in tow, he turned around and replied,  "No.  That must be John (Trone) saying hello.  He was a preacher after all."

It gave me chills to realize that this cross had appeared out of nowhere.  No hands had made it.  It was simply a twig that had fallen in such a way to be standing, while the torn bark held a broken piece across it.  The buyers, their agent, and even I, took it as a sign and stopped to snap photos.  These buyers were meant to own The John Trone House.  John Trone was giving his blessing.  The rest was up to the buyers.  They could instantly disqualify themselves with a crappy offer.  Thankfully, their thoughts on value appreciated after hearing the rich history of the home and surrounding area.

If all goes according to plan, this charming historic home will sell on June 30th.  Stay tuned for the final sold price.


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Chris Anne,

Nothing like a sign from the universe at large...Congratulations on selling the John Throne house.  A

May 20, 2020 01:15 PM #1
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

WOW, Chris Ann Cleland that's a keeper picture with a story!

When you have historic houses the right buyer will eat it up as yours did.

Pam and I lived in a house built in 1696 when we live in Beverly, MA It is the Hazadiah Smith House. He is listed as a housewright.

May 20, 2020 01:24 PM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Chris Ann Cleland - Signs like that can give you a chill and goosebumps. I am a personal believer that all things happen for a reason.  Congratulations on getting this historic home under contract! I wish you calm seas ahead. 

May 20, 2020 02:03 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Chris Ann - not really supernatural but super, naturally.  I like the story you shared leading up to the accepted offer on this historic Gainesville Virginia property.  Here's hoping things continue smoothly.  

May 20, 2020 02:07 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What an amazing history surrounding that home, Chris Ann.  And, the price seems right as well.  Congratulations on getting it under contract.

May 20, 2020 07:42 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Chris Ann, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

May 20, 2020 07:44 PM #6
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Congrats on the pending sale! Here's to a complication free closing.

May 21, 2020 04:57 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Congrats on getting that neat home under contract.  That cross is very interesting, I would love to come upon something like that.

May 21, 2020 06:36 AM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Very cool story Chris Ann.  Fascinating really.  I've never had a house with such a long history.  Love it!

May 21, 2020 01:07 PM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Chris Ann Cleland - That cross on the lawn is definitely a SIGN! The history on this house must be very fascinating. Congratulations on being under contract! I hope the buyers discover many interesting stories and will be able to add to the collection of tales told to pass down to other families and interested parties too. A property like this doesn't go on the market often! As luck would have it, you're now party of the property history!

May 26, 2020 10:33 AM #10
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