The Virginia Gazette

June 8, 1769. Number 941. Page 3, Column 1

For SALE, A SQUARE of four lots of half an acre each on the main street in Fredericksburg, on which are the following improvements, viz. My dwelling-house, consisting of seven good rooms and a large airy passage, six fireplaces, three good cellars, and three large closets; the garden extends from the main street to the back street, and contains about an acre of ground; at the north west end is a high freestone wall; a commodious kitchen and laundry under one roof, with four fireplaces, the rooms being all plaistered; two common kitchens, for servants; dairy, smokehouse, and all other convenient houses and yards for wood, poultry, &c a coach house and stables for above 20 horses, and a cooper's shop, also a large storehouse, warehouse, and cellar, and salt sheds, under one roof, on the main street; all which are but little more than 100 yards from the river side, where small ships may lay close to the shore.

Also my FARM adjoining the town, at the lower end, extending about half a mile down the river, where the channel is close to the shore, and runs near two miles back; the whole is very rich land, and is a complete far, having now on it a flourishing crop of wheat from 103 bushels of wheat sowed, which may be expected to produce 2000 bushels, besides barley, oats, rye, pease, and Indian corn, of which last I generally make 250 barrels a year, and the whole only with eight hands and four horses, from which the value of it may be easily judged. On it are about 30 acres of meadow ground, part in meadow, and the rest cleared; but the most valuable part of it is a level piece of ground next to the town line from the river back, which one day or other must be added to the town, and I doubt not will yield as good a price as the lots I have already sold and added to the town, wich have produced me about 2500. It is well known that Fredericksburg commands an extensive trade from the back country, and must increase as the back settlements increase, being at the head of navigation.

I have also a valuable little mill, with bolting cloths, within the bounds of the town, the profits of which in the flower manufacture is about 100 a year; and about 100 yards from it, on the Hazel run, is an extraordinary situation for a complete merchant mill, that may be made to yield a profit of 4 or 500 a year, and not cost more than 6 or 700 for everything complete, a good quarry of freestone not being more than 100 yards from the spot, and a battoe may be brought by the tide within a small distance of the mill door, the river, where sea vessels may lie close to the shore, not exceeding a quarter of a mile from the place where the mill must stand. All these advantages render this estate of great value, in the sale of which I will not be my own judge, but leave it to indifferent Gentlemen, whose opinion I will abide by, or forfeit 50 to the person intending to purchase, provided he will do the same if he does not abide by it also.

Two lots and houses where Mr. James Hume lately lived, in the most pleasant situation on the main street in Fredericksburg; the dwelling-house has six good rooms in it, with brick chimnies, and extraordinary good cellars, convenient outhouses and yards, and an exceeding good well.

Also fifteen unimproved lots, within the bounds of Fredericksburg.

Also a tract of about 3000 acres of land in the county of Albemarle, on the three forks of Pretty's creek, falling into James river, on which is a large body of valuable low grounds above two miles in extent, with houses and improvements sufficient for 15 hands, and produces extraordinary crops and stocks. This estate has about 20 slaves on it, with fine stocks in proportion, which I would choose to sell altogether, at a moderate price, to any Gentleman who wants an estate already stocked and improved to his hands, together with the corn and fodder that may be made there this year.

Also a tract of 1500 acres of very good land, running three miles on the Hedgman river in Culpeper county.

Also a valuable tavern at Culpeper courthouse, in Fairfax town, a large commodious house, with all convenient outhouses, stable, garden, &c. It has vast custom, and rents at present but for 45 a year, though worth much more.

Also a valuable tract adjoining the said town of Fairfax, belonging to Mr. Roger Coleman, containing 220 acres of rich land; as also 20 lots of ground, of half an acre each, in the said town, one of which is improved with a good dwelling-house with brick chimnies, and other convenient outhouses. On the land is a large quantity of meadow ground, and a good pasture. There cannot be a more profitable place for tradesmen or manufacturers to settle at in Virginia than this spot, being surrounded by a thick neighbourhood and rich lands.

Any person inclinable to purchase either of the above tracts, lots, or houses, will find either of them a good bargain, and worth their while to apply to me at Fredericksburg.

Roger Dixon.