Rockbridge County has an wealth of beautiful land and historic homes. With experienced agents from varying backgrounds, James River Realty has been specializing in the marketing and selling of these unique homes.

Here are some of our top picks for some of the best homes in Rockbridge, as well as two from Alleghany for good measure.

1.) 515 Borden Road, Lexington

This gorgeous home was built in 1937 by former president of Washington and Lee James Denny. This 5 bedroom home is perfect for entertaining with numerous nooks for privacy, spacious formal dining and living rooms, gourmet worthy kitchen, and fantastic garden space and deck. This French style manor has the feel of being in the country with the convenience of being within walking distance of downtown Lexington.

2.) 313 S. Jefferson Street, Lexington

Premier in-town location? Check. Oasis-like yard? Check. Beautiful historic home with room to entertain? Check! The William T Shields House, built ca. 1910, is a fine Classical Revival dwelling that meets or exceeds expectations. Carefully restored and updated by the current owners, this home has been a successful B&B as well as a comfortable family home. Fine details and craftsmanship throughout!

3.) 678 Blue Grass Trail, Lexington

Built arounFd 1771 from stone quarried just behind the house, this stately manor was home to Revolutionary War veteran, Captain James Hall. Following Hall’s death, the acreage surrounding the home was parceled off and sold. The home has many unique features including a double fireplace in the den, many attractive hand- carved features like dentile moulding on the formal living room fireplace, and 2″ thick walls. The home has been comfortable renovated and is move-in ready; however, the potential for a complete restoration of this property is a possibility and the price reflects that opportunity.

4.) 2588 Big Hill Road, Lexington

The William Alphin House is an exceptional antebellum-era brick Greek Revival dwelling of substantial proportions, on 13.7 pastoral acres near Lake Robertson. With high ceilings and finely crafted original features inside and out, the home is an impressive area landmark. The unrestricted property (add’l acreage avail) also includes a large 4-car garage/barn and a partially restored guest cottage.

5.) 2880 Forge Road, Glasgow

Vineyard Hill is prominently sited on 4+ acres in the Rockbridge countryside, and exudes authentic colonial charm while providing many modern conveniences and systems. This is a comfortable home with loads of historic character! With pastoral and mountain views, restored stone outbuildings, and garage space for 6+ vehicles. Vineyard Hill was featured on the Garden Club of Virginia’s 1984 Historic Garden Tour, and twenty years later on the HGTV series “If Walls Could Talk.” It is individually listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is one of very few colonial period stone dwellings remaining in the Rockbridge County section of the Great Valley. Some of the furnishings, including regional primitives and other antiques currently in the home, may be available to the purchaser of the property (through separate negotiations).

6.) 2651 South Lee Highway, Glasgow

Great Price on this Federal manor withclassic features and modern upgrades. Heart Pine floors, gorgeous wood trim,spacious elegantly proportioned rooms, commercial style kitchen with granite counter tops and copper hood, pantry and storage room with laundry area, large first floor master suite w/ jetted shower, formal living and dining rooms,5 bedrooms, and 4 full baths round out the home. A large backyard opens onto Buffalo Creek. Small cabins on the property were formal rental units and could be renovated for additional income. This house would be a fantastic bed and breakfast, located only 4 miles from Lexington, but also near Interstate 81 and right off Route 11.

7.) 848 Palace Boulevard, Clifton Forge

A beautiful 19th Century Victorian style home, one of the first on the Heights overlooking Clifton Forge and the mountains. The detailed ornate woodworking is captivating. Original coal fireplaces in the main rooms, vintage light fixtures, and the hard pine floors take you back to another time. Updated kitchen and baths offer modern conveniences that are expected these days. If you love older homes this one is a must see.

8.)515 Luke Mountain Road, Covington

Pen-Y-Bryn is situated at the top of Luke Mountain with near- panoramic views of the Alleghany Highlands. This Arts & Crafts style home has three finished, heated living levels (12,000 + sq. ft.), plus a full unfinished basement (4,400 sq. ft.). Abundant multi-pane windows, many with projecting bays, allow for unobstructed mountain views. This home has many original features largely untouched by modern standards. Boasting numerous original light fixtures, built-ins in various rooms, and original bathroom fixtures including very contemporary subway tiles, mosaic floors, and pedestal or wall-mounted sinks this mountain villa is an architectural stand out. Detailing throughout this gracious mansion is masterful and must be seen to be appreciated.

So, there you have it! Our top picks for some truly unique and beautiful historic homes. With such a variety of price points anyone can own an old home. Call us at 540.463.2117 to schedule a showing today!