Luxury Gordonsville VA Homes for Sale

Gordonsville Virginia sits in 3 counties: Albemarle, Louisa, and Orange. The small historic town was once an active railroad depot. Today it is the intersection of James Madison Highway (VA Rt 15), the Constitution Highway (VA Rt 20), the Spottswood Trail (VA Rt 33) and Blue Ridge Turnpike (VA Rt 231). Gordonsville is usually a town tourists must drive through en route to Charlottesville, Orange, the Shenandoah Valley, or Richmond. But don’t let that fool you…Gordonsville Virginia is home to numerous exquisite farms and estates.

Many fine luxury Virginia homes are found in Barboursville, Somerset, Green Springs Historic District, and Orange, VA which are all minutes away. Montpelier, James and Dolly Madison’s home and Montebello, the birthplace of President Zachary Taylor is located minutes west on Rt 33.

Recently Sold Gordonsville Virginia Homes

Cobham Creek Farm is a thoughtfully designed 26 acre equestrian farmstead set among large estates just 20 minutes from Charlottesville. The main residence, once a barn, was restored and expanded by noted contractor Ralph Dammann. Common spaces include a formal living room with heart-pine flooring and an intricate period mantled fireplace, a large conservatory and a sunroom opening to a sweeping flagstone terrace replete with Koi pool and surrounding landscape features. There are 3 bedrooms with full baths, all very private, plus a guest s powder room. A newer whole-house generator sits aside the 2-car garage which is accessed from the house by a short dog trot. A small, stocked pond borders the front lawn and long driveway. Numerous paddocks encompass the farm. The traditional center aisle barn has 5 stalls, tack room, wash rack and attached hay storage. A separate large shed holds 2 additional stalls. A recently built and truly comfortable one bedroom cottage sits across from the barn, perfect for guests or a groom. Just beyond is a riding arena. A complete RV hook up station adds further potential for accommodations. $1,300,000 Sold


3 Beds 4 Baths 4,088 SqFt 26.220 Acres

REDUCED:  Retreat to a private valley near Somerset and James Madison's Montpelier, Cowherd Mtn Farm enjoys fertile soil and abundant water.  Revolutionary War Vet Francis Cowherd purchased from James Madison and left his name on the mountain and farm.  Approximately 1/2 the farm is established pasture with the balance in mature forest.  This is the Keswick Hunt and suitable for horses & other livestock.  With morning sun, afternoon shade, & gentle slope, this is perfect for a vineyard.  The farmhouse has 3 br's and 2 baths for a farm mgr or as a staging area while you build on a knoll overlooking the valley to the mountains.  Not in conservation easement with potential tax benefits and priced well below assess.  Qualifies for Land Use. $1,275,000 Sold


3 Beds 2 Baths 1,984 SqFt 231.680 Acres

My favorite luxury neighborhoods around Gordonsville are in Somerset Virginia and the 14,000 acre Green Springs National Historic Landmark District.

Gordonsville Virginia History

The assemblage of 19th and early 20th century residential, commercial, and church buildings forming this quiet historic Piedmont community reflects the vicissitudes of a Virginia railroad town. It was named for Nathaniel Gordon, a late 18th-century innkeeper here, whose tavern was frequented by such prominent statesmen as Thomas Jefferson and Major General the Marquis de Lafayette.

The hamlet exploded into a thriving transportation hub with the arrival in the 1840s and early 1850s of two railroads and two major turnpikes. Dr. Charles Beale, Gordon’s son-in-law, foresaw the arrival of the railroad and essentially planned the Gordonsville of today.

During the Civil War, Gordonsville was of vital importance to Robert E. Lee and his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the transportation of troops and supplies.

In 1862, Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson had his headquarters at the old Gordon Tavern for several days. Wounded soldiers were brought to Gordonsville to be cared for at the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital (centered on the Exchange Hotel) and in churches and private homes.

In 1860, Gordonsville’s Exchange Hotel offered a welcome stopping place for weary passengers on the Virginia Central Railway. Waist-coated gentlemen and hoop-skirted ladies were treated to the sight of the hotel’s handsome architecture of wide verandas and stately columns. Inside, guests received a warm greeting and gracious hospitality that was the hallmark of the South, but the leisurely pace of life belied a worsening political situation that would soon become the War Between the States.

In March 1862, because of its strategic location, the Exchange Hotel became part of the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital, admitting more than 23,000 sick and wounded in less than a year.

Countless descriptions of The Wilderness by the soldiers paint a picture of the difficulty in fighting there. Union Major General Winfield Hancock wrote: “The undergrowth was so heavy that it was scarcely possible to see more than one hundred paces in any direction. The movements of the enemy could not be observed until the lines were almost in collision. Only the roar of the musketry disclosed the position of the combatants to those who were at any distance.”

The wounded and dying from nearby battlefields such as Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville (read Robert E. Lee’s official report on the battle), Trevilian Station, Mine Run, Brandy Station, and the Wilderness were brought by the trainloads. Although this was primarily a Confederate facility, the hospital treated the wounded from both sides. Twenty-six Union soldiers died here.

By war’s end more than 70,000 men had been treated at the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital and just over 700 would be buried on its surrounding grounds. The scene of untold agony and death, the building survived the conflict. It again became a hotel after the war and enjoyed a fine reputation until the 1940s when it went into decline. Historic Gordonsville, Inc., acquired and restored the hotel in the 1970s. It now serves as the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum.

The town of Gordonsville was chartered in 1870. The town is roughly one-square mile in size and is home to nearly 2,000 people.

Gordonsville’s growth, which reached its peak after the Civil War, ended suddenly with completion in the early 1880s of a north-south railroad bypassing the town to the west. The district centers on a 3/4-mile stretch of Main Street leading south past tree-shaded 19th century residences and churches to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway overpass. The solid row of brick commercial structures forming the town’s business district was rebuilt following fires in 1916 and 1920.

Gordonsville Virginia Town Council: A 5-member town council and an elected mayor govern the town. The council members are elected to four-year staggered terms. The mayor is also elected to a four-year term.

There’s a local theater group called the Four County Players in neighboring Barboursville, VA. The Four County Players put on several plays and shows throughout the year in the Barboursville Community Center. They are superb.