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.
If 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!.
We also have a king.
Ethiopia had slavery until 8/26/1942, when Western Allies of World War II pressured that slavery be abolished!