While this Capitol Heights, Maryland home was built for a slave owner, it was later part of the Underground Railroad, according to The Washington Post. The residence, otherwise known as the Van Horn house, is on the market for $499,000 with a bright red facade and over 200 years of history.
The Washington Post further reported that the residence is significant in the Black history of Prince George’s County. Guests at the house have included Muhammed Ali, Malcom X, former President of Egypt Anwar Sadat, and Booker T. Washington’s daughter, Portia.
In 2006, The late Prince George’s county executive Wayne K. Curry told The Washington Post, "The house was always full of intellectual discourse."
The first owner of the home was Archibald Van Horn, who built the property in c. 1803. Van Horn served in the Maryland House of Delegates and served two terms as a U.S. Congressman.
The single-family home spans 4,000 square feet with nine bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Inside, the kitchen is rather cramped with the washer and dryer shoved in a corner of the room. There are multiple fireplaces throughout, though some have been covered. The listing is in need of some updating as well as some new wall-to-wall carpeting.
The asking price is $499,000. It first landed on the market in December 9, 2015 with the price $499,900. It has since undergone both increased and decreased in price since then, lowering to $398,000 in June 3,2016 before rising up to the current ask in August 1, 2016. The listing last sold in February 9, 2011 for $89,900.
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