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This week: Homes on battlegrounds and historic sites

1. Upperville, Va. This four-bedroom home sits on 60 acres that are designated by the National Park Service as part of the site of the Battle of Unison, a precursor to Gettysburg. Union soldiers shelled the house just as Confederate Gen. Jeb Stuart was sitting down inside for dinner. The home features nine fireplaces, a game room, and an interior door damaged by one of the Union shells. $5,850,000. Andy Stevens, Long & Foster Extraordinary Properties, (703) 568-0727

2. Charles Town, W.Va. This Queen Anne–style Victorian was built in 1891 on the site where abolitionist John Brown, the leader of the raid on Harpers Ferry, was hanged after being tried for treason. The property of this five-bedroom house features a pool, a two-story barn—and the original outhouse. $1,599,000. Michael Hill, Long & Foster Realtors/Christie’s International Real Estate, (301) 992-4777

3. Brooksville, Maine For sale for the first time in 130 years, Brooksville’s Nautilus Island played an important role in the U.S. Navy’s 1779 Penobscot Expedition, an unsuccessful challenge to Britain’s navy. The 37-acre island features a six-bedroom main house, a two-bedroom farmhouse, and a guest cottage. The boat house has been converted for entertaining. $10,600,000. John Saint-Amour, LandVest, (207) 874-6160

4. Portsmouth, R.I. This five-bedroom house was built on the land between Quaker Hill, which was held by the British during 1778’s Battle of Rhode Island, and Butts Hill, held by the Americans. It features views of Narragansett Bay and access to a community golf course and tennis courts. $4,700,000. Paul A. Leys, Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty, (401) 848-6706

5. Gettysburg, Pa. Confederate troops camped on the grounds of Cornerstone Farm following the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. This seven-bedroom colonial is the centerpiece of a property that also includes an eight-stable barn, a stocked pond, and additional outbuildings. $1,450,000. Gary Gestson, Long & Foster Real Estate/Christie’s International Real Estate, (866) 437-8766

6. West River, Md. Norman’s Retreat—a three-bedroom, early-19th-century manor—was built on the site of a shipyard where British naval forces and the local militia battled in 1781. The house overlooks Ford’s Creek, and its 25-acre property includes a vintage bathhouse. $1,650,000. Gary Gestson, Long & Foster Real Estate/Christie’s International Real Estate, (866) 437-8766

7. Dartmouth, Mass. This 1790 home in Russells Mills Village is part of one of the first settlements rebuilt after much of Dartmouth was destroyed during the 1670s conflict known as King Philip’s War. The three-bedroom house sits on a lot that features stone walls, a barn, and flowering trees. $395,000. Patricia Peelen, Milbury and Company, (508) 997-7400

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