Category Archives: Historical Articles – People, Places and Things. . .

“Homes with Colonial Construction still intact raises question about why Modern Houses don’t last”

This article is a repost of an article that ran in the Richmond Times Dispatch, following Historic Garden Week in Virginia tour this past weekend.  Both of the historic homes mentioned by the article’s writer are familiar to me.  One near Newtown (Walton’s Academy) belongs to my husband’s cousins who live there and the other I know well, as I have written about Heathsville, Virginia and have done a great deal of research on the area.

http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/homes-with-colonial-construction-still-intact-raises-question-about-why/article_4fd986fa-c717-5afe-94a5-3309b6bad50f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Homes like the ones I have listed and sold, that were built during the colonial era in Virgina  (or shortly thereafter) have architectural features like center halls, English basements and more that are typical of these homes.  Their brick work is often a work of art in its own right and for the most part has stood the test of time, where as a home built today will probably not fare well in 40 years and will most likely have long since disappeared in 200 years.  Not so the true Historic Treasures in our midst!  They are so worthy of our admiration and our stewardship.

As I specialize in the rare and unique Historic, Waterfront, Equestrian, Farm and Estate Properties throughout Virginia, please give me a call if we can assist you with your real estate needs, whether buying or selling.

We artfully, dynamically and diligently represent both buyers and sellers of these fine and distinctive properties throughout the major estate regions of Virginia…Our office is located in Williamsburg, Virginia.  With that said…we do travel often.

 

Gloucester Daffodil Festival April 1 & 2, 2017

Join us in Gloucester this weekend for the Daffodil Festival.  Below are links to two articles I have written on Gloucester County, Virginia.  One is of the Daffodils of Gloucester and the other is the History of Gloucester County, Virginia from Pocohontas, to the battle of the hook, to T.C.Walker to Augustine Washington thru to the present day.  It is part of the Gloucester County Visitors Guide and was first published in The House and Home Magazine.

The_Daffodils_of_Gloucester from House and Home

http://www.thehouseandhomemagazine.com/Articles/MarchApril2011/GloucesterCountyVirginia/tabid/409/Default.aspx

Historic Mahockney Circa 1670, 1820 & 1910 – Tappahannock, Virginia – Offered For Purchaser at $850,000.

Mahockney Circa 1670 & 1820 with later additions in 1910, is a rare & beautifully sited Manor house, on 48+ acres, surrounded by lush fields in cultivation & pastoral views in every direction. The five-bay, two-story manor house features high ceilings, arched doorways, original moldings & built-ins, heart pine flooring, a lovely center hall, elegant staircase, 5 fireplaces, massive exterior chimneys, a First Floor Bedroom, Formal Dining Room, Farmhouse Kitchen, Parlor & much more. The 2nd Floor features 2 spacious bedrooms & a large full bath. The basement features a brick herringbone floor w/ wine cellar. Additional property features include a pristine 7 acre stocked pond, wildlife in abundance, ancient towering trees, gardens, brick walkways, patios, a fenced herb garden, detached garage which can easily be converted into a horse barn, gated entrance, walking or riding trails, out buildings & a decorative water fountain, to the rear of the manor house. Mahockney has an astounding provenance and has been home to some of the most prominent figures in our nation’s history.  

At one time Mahockney served as an Ordinary.  George Washington Stayed here three times and served in the House of Burgesses later with William Roane when he lived here – Also Richard Henry Lee visited Roane here “many times” during the early days of the Revolution, according to a memoir written by his son Spencer Roane. And Spencer Roane went on to marry Patrick Henry’s daughter and knew him well while he was still living here .  “George Washington and Richard Henry Lee were well-known visitors, along with other leading Virginia patriots”

If American and Virginia History is your cup of tea and you are a qualified buyer, please give me a call today to arrange your showing of Mahockney. . .still warmly welcoming visitors and friends for over 300 years!

Contact me, Karin Andrews via email at karinandrews@howardhanna.com or by phone at 804-445-5500. 

   
 Aerial, Mahockney Farm and the Rappahannock. Manor house lower left

- History - 1680 map with Rasson Thomalin house - History - 1721 Deed mention of Mahockney - History - William Roane Patriot

W. L. Crutchfield, wife, five children
W. L. Crutchfield, wife, five children

Aerial, Mahockney Plantation Autumn front porch Blue garden art First snow at Mahockney Front lawn Front porch gourds in autumn Garden colors Gardens Gate

The small herb garden at Mahockney. Crushed clamshells and brick.
The small herb garden at Mahockney. Crushed clamshells and brick.
Mahockney attic detail
Mahockney attic detail
2012 Renovation Basement Wine Cellar after photo
2012 Renovation Basement Wine Cellar after photo
2012 Renovation Root Cellar after photo - bog iron under English bond brick
2012 Renovation Root Cellar after photo – bog iron under English bond brick

Interior - Music Room, Mahockney Interior - Pie-shaped stairs

Sub-floor pit, excavated; Mahockney South Basement
Sub-floor pit, excavated; Mahockney South Basement

Mahockney grounds Mahockney on an autumn morning Night lighting Pond deck, pier Pond flowered banks Pond gardens Pond geese

Skye Pond at Mahockney, autumn 2012
Skye Pond at Mahockney, autumn 2012

Pond reflections Pond sunset Porch, Dining Room Rose bushes Summer gardens Summer morning Underwood Trail bridge Underwood Trail flowering path IMG_2613 IMG_2711 End of Center hall to Dining Kitchen and Porch Music Room Left IMG_2616 IMG_2681 IMG_2667 IMG_2951 IMG_2961 IMG_2607 IMG_2694 IMG_2790 IMG_2792 IMG_2860 IMG_2870

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The name for Mahockney probably came from the Indian name "Mahawg" which means "gourd." The original home's builder, Robert Tomlin, traded extensively with local Indians. (Dave Ellis / The Free Lance-Star)
The name for Mahockney probably came from the Indian name “Mahawg” which means “gourd.” The original home’s builder, Robert Tomlin, traded extensively with local Indians. (Dave Ellis / The Free Lance-Star)

 

In Virginia Living – the premier lifestyle magazine pertaining to all things Virginia. . .

My past life as an accomplished muralist, gilder and decorative artist whose work is featured in many of the great homes in Virginia came together with my work as an equally accomplished Realtor, licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia!  This article featured in the October 2015 Issue of VIRGINIA LIVING  magazine mentions me by name and my contribution to Ben Lomond.  I represented the Sellers in this transaction but have become great friends with Craig and Zorine Shirley, the present and future owners of Ben Lomond – Circa 1730.  Enjoy the article about an amazing Historic Icon and equally iconic family!

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A Must See this Summer!

Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime as L’Hermione – the ship that brought Lafayette to Yorktown, essentially paving the way for the American Independence, comes to a Port near you!  She has been described as the Statue of Liberty of the Sea.  Go to the link below to find out where she will be next!

I went with my husband and daughter, to Yorktown – it was truly a highlight of our lives to see such a magnificent ship, re-created in every detail, using 18th century methods, tools, etc.  I was so excited to see the myriad of families, school groups and people from every walk of life experiencing History in a real and tangible way.   Don’t miss her!  If you are on the East Coast and have not had the opportunity to see this magnificent replica, view her schedule and find out all about her online at http://www.hermione2015.com.

Wilton – a Priceless Architectural Treasure – Restored and Lived In.

Wilton – A restored and Well Loved Home in the Chesapeake Bay Region of Virginia. Article from the Washington Post.

Wilton is a wonderful treasure that I  have been fortunate to visit at various times and during its recent restoration and “renewal”.   There are few homes to rival the simple beauty, purity of design and the authenticity of Wilton – so beautifully sited and restored – without ruining the intent of the original builders.  Last Summer, I was invited to come see Wilton and was given permission by the owner – Stephen Foster to take photos.  He was so gracious.

Chuck Rackley and his crew- who undertook the actual restoration work under the direction of others and I have had occasion to work together on  the care of Ben Lomond – Circa 1730 – in Essex County, which is currently under contract to close in October.

The article in the Washington Post (click link) is absolutely wonderful and worthy of sharing.  I hope it will inspire you to preserve our historic icons for future generations.

 

Tappahannock, Virginia Before 1776 and the War of 1812

Did you know that SEVEN (7) years before the Boston Tea Party – The first “Tea Party” to be held in protest to England’s Stamp Act, was in Tappahannock – known then as Hobb’s Hold?  There is much about our nation’s history that has its roots right here in Essex County, Virginia.

Tappahannock’s Tea Party in protest to England’s Stamp Act took place 7 years before the Boston Tea Party! Now you know the real story!

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Colonial Williamsburg in the Fall!!!

Come see Virginia’s Colonial Capital!  If you decide to stay a lifetime, please contact me to assist you with your real estate needs.

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Come Visit Virginia's Colonial Capital this Autumn and through the Holidays!
Come Visit Virginia’s Colonial Capital this Autumn and through the Holidays!