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Cleydael sale postponed

Cleydael, the historic home in King George County where assassin John Wilkes Booth was turned away, wasn’t auctioned yesterday, but the property will be sold on site within six weeks.

That’s according to Ben Warthen, one of two Richmond attorneys who are co-administrators of the estate. The sale will include contents of the house, some of which have a connection to Booth and Ford’s Theater, Warthen said. It also will include the 152-year-old manor house and 12 surrounding acres, valued at $299,300, according to the King George online GIS system.

“Several people across the country have expressed interest,” Warthen wrote in an email.

The estate is off State Route 206 near Dahlgren. Its most recent owner, Kathryn Coombs, died in January without leaving a will. A foreclosure notice published this month said the property was to be auctioned yesterday at 9 a.m.

Here’s the full story, published July 27 in The Free Lance-Star.