October 17, 2013

Soldier's Retreat

This grand old home stands on a hillside near the Shenandoah River not far from Bluemont, Virginia.  Originally built in 1799, it was called "Soldier's Retreat" or simply "The Retreat."  It was the home of Judge Richard Parker who presided at the trial of John Brown.

Accounts of the Battle of Cool Spring mention this estate, for soldiers passed through here on their way to cross the river. There they found themselves in battle as Federal troops attacked Jubal Early's army which was retreating from an attempt to attack Washington.

The mansion is now vacant and up for sale.



  1. It would be cool for someone to buy it and fix it up to its original state. So much history in that house.

  2. What a magnificent old home. If only I had more money than I knew what to do with . . .

  3. I agree with Daisy, maybe someone will come along and save this beautiful, history site!

  4. What a lovely mansion!


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