Va. Company Looking for People to Buy or Lease Castle

September 1, 2010

Smithfield officials want to place a mansion that was once the home of the town's founder into private hands.

The town plans to issue a nonbinding request soon for proposals from people interested in buying or leasing Windsor Castle.

A study last year revealed the circa-1750 home of Arthur Smith IV needs about $77,000 of work soon to prevent further deterioration.

Councilman John Graham says he's reluctant to sell the property. But he and Councilman Andrew Gregory both say they're concerned that the mansion could be a drain on the city's finances.

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