Hitching Post Hill - University Park, Maryland
Photo: Gordon & Pamela King
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Hitching Post Hill - University Park, Maryland

Less than 10 miles from the White House, the 1000-acre horse farm, Ash Hill—known as Hitching Post Hill—was like a second home for President Ulysses S. Grant. He loved it so much that he was once arrested for speeding (by horse, mind you) to get there after a long day's work. He paid the fine, maintaining that even the President must obey the law. Grant's two Arabian horses, gifts from the Sultan of Turkey, enjoyed Hitching Post Hill as their home. Grover Cleveland, too, frequented this retreat, and, legend has it, Abraham Lincoln visited. The 1840 Italianate has 11 fireplaces, a wraparound porch, and a towering holly tree estimated to be 250 years old. Current owner John Giannetti, who restored the house's ornamental plasterwork, has his own ties to the White House—he restored crown molding in the Lincoln Bedroom and the water-damaged hallway of the East Wing.

Comes with a price tag of $799,900.

Long & Foster Realtors Gordon & Pamela King
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