The River Farm is not the only historic place in the Mount Vernon area with ties to George Washington. A few miles east lies the Belvale House in Fairfax County, and its current owners are ready to sell. After years of living amongst the historic lore of the Belvale House on Telegraph Road, the residents are downsizing and putting this historic house on the market, saying goodbye to the wooden, two-story farmhouse that was built in the 1763-1767 timeframe.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "According to documents in the Virginia Room at the Fairfax County Library, the property dates to a 1698 land grant to Richard Carpenter, and then George Johnston, who built the house before he died in 1766. Johnston was a friend of Patrick Henry and affiliated with the Stamp Act of colonial fame, and both worked with George Washington. “George Johnston succeeded George Washington’s brother Lawrence as Trustee of Alexandria in 1752,” it said in an old 1965 newsletter story from Franconia. Several of George Johnston’s sons fought in the Revolutionary War."
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "According to the county, just because the house is historic and on the National Register, it still isn’t safe from developers. Historic designation does not “prevent an owner from renovating or demolishing buildings,” the Virginia Department of Historic Resources said on their website. Vermillion doesn’t want to see the house demolished and tried for years, hoping the county would buy the home, but he’s been unsuccessful. As to the ghosts, the historic figures that came through the front door, and the discussion of the Stamp Act in 1765, there aren’t any signs to the naked eye. But, “You never know what’s behind the plaster,” Vermillion said."