On the Market: Historic 1752 Farmstead in Gwynedd
Yes, George Washington really did sleep here, according to local lore. There's more history than that to this classy Colonial estate.
“George Washington slept here” is something of a cliche in this area. Since Washington spent a good bit of his time around Philadelphia in 1776 and 1777, there are plenty of places that can claim some connection to the hero of the Revolution and our first President.
Glendower Farm in Gwynedd is one of those places. According to local lore, Washington dropped by as he was headed to Valley Forge to spend the winter in 1777. But that’s not this farmstead’s only claim to historical fame. This house for sale also served as a summer retreat for the Framers of the Constitution, a stop on the Underground Railroad and a place of respite for Abraham Lincoln’s grandmother. Or so legend has it.
Today’s reality is no less impressive. This handsome 1752 farmhouse serves as the anchor of a 5.7-acre estate that includes a converted barn, a workshop building, multiple outdoor spaces for relaxation and recreation, and two two-car garages, one of them connected to the main house by a glassed-in breezeway.
Inside the main house, you will find all of its original Colonial elegance survives. The authentic details include built-ins galore: Bookcases in the library and the family room and china closets in several other main-floor rooms.
You’ll also find seven fireplaces, including a walk-in hearth fireplace in the casual dining room, which originally served as this house’s summer kitchen.
Period wallpaper graces almost every bedroom in this house as well as several main-floor rooms and the foyer.
Outside the main house you will find lushly landscaped wooded grounds. Amidst all this greenery, you will also find several spaces for outdoor enjoyment and recreation: a swimming pool, two tennis courts and several terraces, including one with a built-in grill. You can also relax on one of this estate’s decks or canopied patios.
If the idea of running a catering hall appeals to you, you might want to give the converted barn a close look.
Its main space makes a great party and function room. It has a wet bar and its own kitchen. The barn also contains a pool house with changing rooms and two bedrooms that, with the function room’s kitchen, allow this building to double as an in-law suite or caretaker’s quarters.
Glendower’s ample lot and lush landscaping ensure privacy, yet Montgomeryville, Blue Bell, Spring House and other local hubs are a short drive away. With all this at your disposal, maybe it’s time you made a little history of your own.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 5 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 6,950
SALE PRICE: $1,989,000
Glendower Farm, 1221 Meetinghouse Rd., Gwynedd, Pa. 19454 [David Caracausa | The Premier Properties Group | Coldwell Banker Preferred]