WINCHESTER — Right at Home, a local in-home care provider, has purchased a historic house known as Montague Hall at 1844 Valley Ave. and a neighboring lot at 1850 Valley Ave. for $1.27 million.
Peter Lawrence, who owns Right at Home’s Winchester location, said he purchased the property last week from Dave Holiday. The stately brick home will be used as headquarters for Right at Home, which will move its offices from 110 N. Cameron St. The in-home care provider has been in the area for the past four years and was outgrowing its space on North Cameron Street, Lawrence said.
Lawrence also hopes to partner with a business in the community to develop the adjoining empty lot. He said he could imagine a bank or restaurant opening in the location or possibly medical offices.
“We are excited to preserve Montague Hall as an important part of Winchester lore, but also to spearhead revitalization of the corner of Jubal Early [Drive] and the Valley Pike,” Lawrence wrote in an email.
Lawrence said he decided to purchase Montague Hall because he likes the character of the house and its proximity to many of Right at Home’s clients in Winchester and Frederick County.
He added that he has heard rumors that the house, built in the late 1800s by local miller Festus Hahn, is haunted. But he has not been able to confirm any spooky tales about the home.
The house earned its name when Robert Montague Henry bought the estate in 1904. Henry was a Winchester merchant, horse trainer and harness racer. Behind the house, Henry built a horse stable and race track to exercise his horses. A new apartment complex now stands where the track was once located.
A main room in Montague Hall, downstairs to the right of the front foyer, was Henry’s trophy room, displaying a variety of trophies and ribbons won from his horse racing days.
The 3,750-square-foot house has numerous rooms, including four bathrooms. Lawrence said he plans to rent the basement to a business.