Listing of the Week: Estate that dates to 1607

Historic Virginia property was owned by one of the Jamestown colonists, a family that produced two presidents, a Titanic survivor and a congressman.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jun 20, 2013 12:24PM

© Premiere EstatesIf you like a property with history, it’s hard to find anything more historical than the Brandon Plantation in Virginia.


The original owner, Capt. John Martin, was one of the founders of Jamestown in 1607, and he was given the land in a grant from the king of England in 1616. He named it Brandon after his wife’s family.


The brother of the second owner married William Shakespeare’s daughter. The third family to own the property (for more than 200 years) was the Harrison family, with ties to U.S. presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.


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One portion of the house was reportedly designed by Thomas Jefferson, as a wedding gift to Nathanial Harrison’s son, Benjamin, about 1765.

The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The family that is selling the property acquired it in 1926. Robert W. Daniel Sr., a banker and state senator, had survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. His son, Robert W. Daniel Jr., who served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, owned the property and ran the farm until his death in 2012. 


His heirs are selling the estate at auction June 26. There is no asking price, but bidders have to put up $250,000. Prince George’s County assesses the property at $10.3 million.

The Brandon plantation is a big piece of property – 4,487 acres with 3.5 miles of frontage on the James River. It’s about 35 miles southeast of Richmond, due west of Colonial Williamsburg.


The main house, part of which was built around 1765, has 7,773 square feet, with seven bedrooms and 6.5 baths. The estate has a pool and a tennis court, plus 30 acres of formal gardens. There are 11 additional houses and 14 farm buildings.


It’s a working farm – the oldest continuous agricultural operation in the United States – growing corn, wheat and soybeans on 1,5,77 acres, with an additional 2,846 acres devoted to timber.


The side of the house that faces the river still shows where cannonballs hit it during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Though the Daniel family did substantial modernizing of the house during their tenure, they did not erase those pockmarks.


“My husband said he didn’t fix it because he still bore a grudge,” Linda Daniel told The Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Jul 3, 2013 9:09AM
This is to David:  You low life SOB, how dare you say I should be glad that illegal immigrants are coming into our country illegally.  I would just bet that you are one of the sorry You No Whats that work illegal immigrants instead of USA born American citizens, so you can enrich yourself.  Let me tell you something, I've seen up front & personal the starvation of kids working at DSS  in my state.  I'm not a social worker and I assure you they see a lot worse than what I did, just being a lowly hourly worker.  I see kids with no shoes, dirty clothes, parent unable to find work and are at their wits end. These kids are HUNGRY! You sorry piece of trash, how dare you.  We have good American citizens of all color who ARE WILLING TO WORK and WORK HARD and FOR LOW WAGES TOO!  YOU, you sorry SOB want them to starve to death.  Have you ever lived off minimum wage and try to support yourself, wife, and family.  Hell, No you haven't.  Now they can't even find minimum wage jobs because ****s like you want to work a illegal instead of an American Citizen, so you can get richer.  I swear to GOD, if I had you in my hands right now, you would look and feel like raw meat!  Sorry piece of humanity. I sure as hell hope GOD forgives your sorry **** but I don't and none like you.  I've seen grown men cry, stating they've begged for work and can't get it, especially in construction.  They'll hire an illegal before they hire a white or black man.  An I don't think illegals entering our country illegally and having children and our STUPID **** government makes them legal are not legal, never will be in my eyes.  You talk about taxes, you stupid piece of ****.  It's costing the taxpayers more in provided free lunches, free Medicaid, and all the other free stuff they are getting than what our individualize State are getting in tax money from these illegals.  Whatever is coming into the State as taxes are being paid out 3 fold in entitlement programs.  But the owner of a business working illegal for less money are making money, I assure you. You stupid, ignorant SOB you should be ashamed.  You and your kind are creating a 3 world and that's us, USA of America and its citizens.  Do I feel empathy for the poor people in Mexico and other countries, yes I do.  But believe in taking care of your own first and foremost and helping people of other nations as best as we can in food and aid.  But I don't believe in allowing a illegal person into our country to the magnitude its happening now and in doing this our own citizens are now not being able to work, provide for their families.  You are one selfish, stupid, greedy ****!
Jul 2, 2013 9:40AM
In case you hadn't noticed, the printed article is about the Brandon Plantation in Virginia with no mention of slavery and the video is about the Sylvester Manor, a slave plantation in New York.

Two completely different places confused by MSN's plunking a video in the middle of an unrelated article.

To Randy S's comment to bulldoze it, that is like saying to bulldoze all the reminders of atrocities, massacres, abuses of power, the Holocaust, etc.  Let's eliminate all reminders of these bad things so that later generations can repeat them over and over again since they won't have these things to show that humans had already made those mistakes.  That is like the proverbial ostrich with his head in the sand.  
Jul 2, 2013 8:26AM

I hope the home does not go to developers or bought by some noveau wealthy idiot that has no appreciation  of the historical significance of the property like what happened to Carters Grove Plantation in Williamsburg,


As for all the anti-slavery yapping, when will people get over it.  One side of my family came from England and then were at least 3 indentured slaves who worked for years to purchase their freedom.  Only two survived to earn their it.  The rest were German and Irish.  The German fought two enlistments in the Union Army to earn freedom for slaves and was left disabled as a young man for the rest of his life.  And the Irish as a whole were exploited by American industrialists who worked them for slave wages.  My Irish grandfather did the backbreaking stone work in the building of Central Park in NYC.  No reparation to any of them nor did they expect it.  We are not responsible for our distant ancestors acts or their poor decisions,  We are responsible for seeing they are not repeated and educating succeeding generations in how to live with one another.


Jul 2, 2013 6:36AM
When I had my construction business up in New England I was lucky enough to repair many old houses dating back to the 16 and 1700's. 
 One time the owner took me up to the attic and showed me the framing construction of a house that was built in the mid 1600's. . At every intersection there were roman numeral numbers. All I could think was the master carpenter was out in the Forrest cutting and shaping the frame before bringing to the job site.  I was so lucky to see this. 
Jul 2, 2013 5:50AM
I'm wondering whom Mr. Daniel bore a grudge?  The US taxpayers who paid his salary and his father's salary?  Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago?  King George 240 years ago?  What a miserable excuse for a politician even by their usual low standards.
Jul 2, 2013 3:42AM


Lets check history.

Blacks in America have owned Black and yes White Slaves.

Since history there have been slaves.

The Romans, Vikings, etc etc in Africa slavery still exists.

Let us not forget in the 1600 s it was Blacks who sold their slaves.


Jul 2, 2013 1:59AM
Know your Slave history, The first black slave purchased in America in the 1600s was by a rich man who had purchased him and went to court because at that time only indentured servants were allowed by the King of England. The courts sided with the man who said he had paid good money for this Slave and therefore owned the Slave as property. The man who filed in court to own the first bought and paid for Slave in America was a BLACK man.
Jul 2, 2013 1:31AM
I was invited  to visit the historic property by its last owner and I never went. Very poor planning on my part. I wish it could have stayed in the family but hopefully someone will keep it up and remember its strong historical background.
Jun 29, 2013 9:15PM
I could never buy anything that big, who can afford it and have the money to keep it going?  I probably couldn't afford one of the small houses they mentioned.  They should keep it and let people go see it. You don't see those kinds of homes very often.
Jun 29, 2013 7:35PM

Yes my ancestors owned slaves. I also had ancestors that fought  on the Union side that lost there lives.Where my reparation for there lives?

 Slavery was part of history. Most slaves were rounded up by there own countryman. Then sold to the slave traders. Hell, it still go on in Africa today, just like it did in the Pharaoh times. My whole problem with this is that we cannot change what our ancestors did.

 This property is historic, I hope the new owner will be happy with it. Being historic it should only be owned by an American. I also think that Americans should own all the property in country, and only lease the property to foreigners.

Jun 29, 2013 7:04PM
No slaves there for at least 150 years.  Time to move beyond that.  As the son of immigrants, I know that this is still the land of opportunity.  You're only limited by your own personal choices and goals.
Jun 29, 2013 6:53PM
The original owner, Capt. John Martin, was one of the founders of Jamestown in 1607. Wow. 33 years before my family first stepped foot in this country.
Jun 29, 2013 6:52PM
Should be bulldozed into a pile and burned.  We don't need reminders of slavery.
Jun 29, 2013 6:43PM
Jun 29, 2013 6:26PM
These days we have illegal immigrant slaves.  The federal government allows it because they sold out to the corporations that want to exploit those people.
Jun 29, 2013 4:57PM
Geeze the slaves own people sold them out!
Jun 29, 2013 4:19PM

the tax payers have been footing the bill for this since the beginning , look who the owners have been senators repesenitives  all goverment hog at the trough. when you have unlimited funds you can build and maintain anything specialy when its other peoples same is going on today

 through the thieves out!.

Jun 29, 2013 11:03AM

We also have a king.

Ethiopia had slavery until 8/26/1942, when Western Allies of World War II pressured that slavery be abolished!

Jun 29, 2013 10:20AM
Slavery is still around in the USA...slave to the government for all our basic needs. Just as bad or not worse!!!
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