With Selma in the news recently, it was interesting to stumble upon a different Selma so close to Washington, DC. I'm speaking of the Selma Plantation near Leesburg, Virginia. Sitting at the base of the Catoctin Mountain, Selma was the residence of Armistead Thomson Mason, a US Senator from Virginia. Selma was a 10,000 acre plot of land. The main house was built in 1900 and is considered one of the best and earliest examples of Colonial Revival architecture in Loudoun County.
The house now stands vacant. In 2008 the owner filed for bankruptcy, and the home is now on Virginia's list of "Most Endangered Historic Sites".
Driving up to the house in itself was a interesting experience. It sits on a vast expanse of land that overlooks the entire area, which is now populated by new housing clusters that have no distinct architectural value in comparison to the the mansion overlooking them all. Selma sits forgotten, but the money and land ownership aspect remains prevalent in a unique juxtaposition of old amongst the new.
Sadly, the home and grounds, seem to be neglected more than they are dilapidated. The structure is solid and the plaster walls intact, although many windows are shattered. Paint and wallpaper peeling appear to be the only aspects of the home that need immediate attention, yet atop the hill it sits alone, slowly being taken over by the unkept landscaping.