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This Week’s Find: A Shipping Merchant’s Home From 1780

by Lark Turner

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This Week’s Find is a historic home in Old Town Alexandria that lives up to its city’s name: It was built in the late 18th century.

The five-bedroom, five-bath Benjamin Shreve house, listed at $3.995 million, was constructed by the eponymous shipping merchant in about 1780 and expanded in 1854. Over time the 5,000-square-foot home has retained much of its charm, though it’s gained an updated, modern kitchen and bathrooms.

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It was owned through most of the 1800s by Edward Stabler, who founded the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, which is now a shop and museum in Old Town. Its led many lives through the centuries, including its use as a barracks during the Civil War.

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One of the home’s best features is its expansive brick patio and garden, which is set on a double lot. A glass-windowed breakfast and sunroom overlooks the garden. When it’s too cold for the garden, the future owners could always light a fire in one of the five fireplaces.

Here are additional details and photos of the home and garden:

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