Stately Federal Crest Inn dominates the highest crest on historic Federal Hill and is surrounded by beautiful dogwoods and century-old magnolia and holly trees. The site is not only the highest ridge, but it is blessed to be a corner lot with almost an acre of beautiful grounds. Upon approaching the front steps of the 1909 mansion, one ascends to a lovely porch flanked by tall white columns with inviting rockers and flowers. Inside, the beauty only continues with mahogany paneling, high ceilings and elaborate moldings to show the rich architecture of the period. Magnificent white columns in the foyer stand on either side of the massive central staircase which leads to a large mezzanine landing featuring a beautiful leaded glass window. The stairs then split and go up to the second floor. On the first level,the living room captures the visitor with sounds from the player piano and the antique organ. Warm fireplaces blaze in the parlor, library and dining room. Morning dining is indeed a moment to remember as the hosts serve hot, freshly cooked, delicious breakfasts which always begin with hot coffee, juice and a message muffin before the entre. This is all enhanced by china, shining crystal and silver, and served with music and candlelight for your enjoyment. The dining room with its French doors, arches, green tiled fireplace, mahogany moldings and ceiling beams, wins many guests' vote as their most favorite room in the home. Added attractions of the mansion is the theater on the third floor which was built by the original owner for his children to write and give plays. Also, the present owners feature a Fifties Cafe/Gift shop off the dining room where there is a jukebox and antique slot machine. Ann,one of the innkeepers is an artist who specializes in hand painted stemware and VA. countryside slate tiles.