If you have an appreciation for homes from the early 1800’s Federal period, then you will find the Peake-Fairfax house to be something very special and with great character. It is larger than you might expect, nicely restored and beautifully appointed. Dorothy Nagle had been an art dealer so you will find much to enjoy including a large 17th century tapestry in the Poetry room.
The home sits in a lovely area of Old Town Alexandria where a stroll in any direction is enjoyable. The location is close to everything and just one block from King Street which is populated with many restaurants and shops. Mount Vernon is just minutes away and that is a must see if you have never been there.
New Year’s Eve is special in Old Town as they have music and entertainment in more than twenty locations. Fireworks along the river topped off our evening.
Chet and Dorothy Nagle are most gracious hosts and were a pleasure to get to know. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and were surprised with a vase of roses in our room when we arrived. They made reservations for us at their favorite little French restaurant for New Year’s Eve and hosted us by the fire in their large and beautiful drawing room prior to dinner. Over Champaign and hors d’oeuvres, we got to hear about Chet’s most interesting background and career around the globe. You must make time to hear his stories and check out his thriller novels as well.
It was a great way to start the new year.