PropertyManagementMaven: A Piece of JFK History * Atoka, the ONLY Home that the Kennedys Built

A Piece of JFK History * Atoka, the ONLY Home that the Kennedys Built

While reading Mary B. Gallagher's book about her being Jacqueline Kennedy's private secretary, I learned something that I had know known before...that JFK and JBK built a home together in VA during his 3 short years as president.

 

While they owned a home in the Kennedy compound in MA and they where the owners of Hickory Hill in VA before Bobby and Ethel Kennedy bought it, they also bought 38 acres on Rattlesnake Mountain in NoVA and built a home called Atoka which is the name of a nearby community.

 

ATOKA * pictured in November 2013

 

 

 

 

The home was completed in the spring of 1963 and the Kennedys only spent 3 weekends in the house as a family and this is the place that Jackie and her children went after JFK was killed.

 

She sold the home in 1964 and 50 years later, it was on the market for over $10,000,000.  Sources indicate the home originally cost $100,000 to build.

 

Although renamed by subsequent owners, the name Wexford appears to be the most common.

 

 Wallace S. Gibson, CPM * GIBSON MANAGEMENT GROUP, Ltd.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsWallace S. Gibson, CPM • July 13 2014 07:02AM

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Beautiful couple, beautiful home on a beautiful piece of property.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

Roger * it was not publicized that she had a part and then full time secretary OUTSIDE of the social secretary and staff at the White House...people knew he had a valet and there was a nurse for the 2 children; however, she had a maid and secretary almost round the clock

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago

Good for her Wallace, why not.....regardless of who cared for her children, they were raised properly IMHO, and kept out of the publics eye until later years when she was ill and failing.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

Beautiful piece of property... a shame only 3 weekends with a full family

thanks for posting!

Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 4 years ago

Hi Wallace.  Thanks for the history lesson.  The property managers joke exempts you and other professionals.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

What?  there are property manager AND blond jokes...I can get a two-fer?

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this interesting information.

Have a wonderful summer.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Good morning Wallace. I was not aware of this history, thank you for sharing it. Great trivia questions.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Very interesting.  I am sure Chief Cook knows all about this, but I didn't.  Thanks, Wallace!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 4 years ago

The history of homes is always so interesting. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home's biography.  A beautiful home and a slice of American history.  

Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Wallace.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Hidden passages? Secret rooms? Bomb shelter? Any unique features in the home?

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 4 years ago

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