It’s not every day a historic business shows up on the housing market. Formerly the W.E. Nichols General Store, this five-bedroom abode in the village of Lincoln is ready for some lucky Loudouner to call it home. It is currently listed at $785,000.

“You don’t know how incredible it is until you get in there,” listing agent Somphane Rattana-Jones told the Times-Mirror.

The building has stood since 1908 in the heart of the Goose Creek Historic District, Virginia’s first rural historic district, according to Rattana-Jones. It long was a landmark in Lincoln, an unincorporated Quaker settlement whose other historic touchpoints include Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Visitors will find the home to be an alluring hangout spot thanks to several entertainment-friendly rooms, including the windowed-in front porch. Equipped with ceiling fans and a heating unit and flooded with light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, this offers a comfortable, energizing spot to enjoy morning coffee or evening cocktails.

Beyond the porch awaits the original general store room, which now acts as a spacious family room. While the 11-foot ceilings, original beadboard walls, and Heart Pine flooring add to the room’s aesthetic appeal, the real eye-grabber is the original, 17-foot counter, as well as the stenciled spice drawers that line the wall behind it.

“You can almost feel the history. It’s very cool,” Rattana-Jones said. “It would be great for modern-day entertaining — set out some food, set up a bar.”

A formal dining room sits adjacent to the family room and leads directly into the sharply-designed kitchen. White cabinetry covers the walls, while polished wood counters, a quartz-topped center island and stainless-steel appliances refine the room’s multi-toned look.

On either side of the kitchen sit a full bath and a multipurpose room, the latter of which can possibly serve as a guest bedroom, in-law suite or den, said Rattana-Jones. Elsewhere on the main level, a separate entrance leads into the bonus room with half-bath, an ideal setup for the work-from-home type.

Atop the main staircase, a white-painted hall with a vaulted ceiling and a high window illuminates guests’ arrival to the second floor. This hall leads directly to a similarly luminous office space, as well as a second hall, which in turn offers access to the house’s remaining four bedrooms. The owner’s suite consists of not just a corner bedroom and full bath, but also a separate side room with a kitchenette, as well as a massive walk-in closet.

The half-acre lot — which Rattana-Jones describes as a “park-like setting” — offers seemingly limitless space to entertain and enjoy the surrounding greenery. A stone patio is accessible from the bonus room, while the backyard itself is registered as a National Audubon Society “Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary.”

Only two miles from downtown Purcellville, dozens of dining and shopping options are closeby, as well as the W&OD Trail, the Appalachian Trail and other western Loudoun nature showcases. Several other Lincoln highlights — including Mt. Olive Baptist, the original Lincoln post office and the original Goose Creek meeting house — are merely a few doors down.

For more information on this listing, contact Rattana-Jones at 571-999-2994 or somphane.jones@pearsonsmithrealty.com.

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