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Mount Pleasant Farm – Ancestral Lands of the Lees of Stratford Hall – Offered for Purchase in Westmoreland County, Virginia


Originally known as Mount Pleasant, this breathtaking 426.15 acre parcel was at one time the home of Thomas Lee whose home Mount Pleasant burned in 1729. Since that time, a portion of this property has been known as “Burnt House Field”. Located here is also the burial ground of Thomas Lee, the builder of Stratford Hall, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, both signers of the Declaration of Independence. (The cemetery is owned and maintained by The Society of the Lees of Virginia and is not included in this sale).

This pristine property is without equal in its panoramic and bucolic beauty and the vast opportunity it presents. Partially fenced, w/ 2+ ponds, it possesses a total of 6500′ (+/-) of frontage on Lee Creek and Lower Machodoc Creek off of the Potomac River. Lower Machodoc Creek flows into the Potomac River nearby at Drum Bay. 188+/- acres of open land is used as pasture and crop land. An additional 137+/-ac is part of a nutrient bank which protects the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River watershed. Known by locals as “the little hatchery”, waterfowl, upland bird species and native wildlife is abundant. This property is a scenic and historic treasure which adjoins, Mount Pleasant circa 1886, in another listing, which is also offered for purchase. The two together would make the ideal luxury compound with waterfrontage on Machodoc Creek.

The offering of this historic farm, with a provenance that transcends the ages, is the buying opportunity of a lifetime. Wonderful opportunities for fine dining, social networking, award winning wineries, boating, fishing, kayaking, shopping, boutiques, museums, farmers markets, art galleries, caterers, medical facilities, fabulous restaurants and more. Marinas nearby. Convenient to Fredericksburg, Washington DC, Richmond, and Williamsburg. It is an absolute treasure and a must see.

Burnt House Field the burial ground of the Lees of Virginia.

Every year on the fourth of July a commemorative ceremony is held to honor the only two brothers to sign the declaration of independence. The Leedstown Resolves a pivotal event in the history of this region and the United States took place nearby. The Sons of Liberty was formed at Leedstown, Virginia six years before the Boston Tea Party. One of the first meeting places other than at Leedstown, also in Westmoreland County, was at the 1710 Tavern in Tappahannock, which was known in ages past as Emerson’s Ordinary.

Additional information on the Leedstown Resolves can be found at the Link below: Information on the Leedstown Resolves and Richard Henry Lee

Stratford Hall – Home of Thomas Lee after the Mount Pleasant burned.

Burial Ground at Mount Pleasant is owned by The Society of the Lees of Virginia. It is not for sale. With that said, additional information about those buried here and their legacy can be found at the site below:

historic Garden Week in Virginia

For the thirteenth year I was delighted to have been a hostess during Historic Garden Week in Virginia for the Gloucester / Mathews Garden Club. It is always such a pleasure seeing old friends and making new ones. I am honored to be asked each year to assist. In Gloucester I was a Hostess in the Center Hall and Library/Office at Belvinhem Quay which featured stunning water views, glorious floral arrangements and an art collection for the ages!

Today I received a wonderful Thank You card from the Garden Club Co-Chairs for Belvinhem Quay. In case you missed anything or wish to refresh your memory on the tours you may have seen, I am attaching a PDF of the entire Historic Garden Week in Virginia Tour – Guidebook!

Price Just Reduced! Selma – Circa 1872 Historic Winchester

Selma is located in the Winchester Historict District Ge n FlyerSelma Circa 1872 is a grand and equally rare Historic Estate on 4.15 Park-like acres, in the Winchester Historic District.  Selma is the most iconic home in Winchester, second only to Glen Burnie, which is now part of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.  The City of Winchester has provided a zoning letter that states that permitted uses include use as a B & B or Bed and Breakfast / Inn.  This home is architecturally stunning and would make an ideal boutique Inn.  Does need some TLC, although the bones of this grand home are excellent.  Please click on the PDF Brochure Links and Zoning Letter below.  Price has been reduced to $1.8 Million.  Make an offer!

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Selma is located in the Winchester Historict District Ge n Flyer

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Two Adjoining Waterfront Estate Properties in Gloucester – SOLD UPDATE!!!!!

These properties have been purchased.  If I can help you to find your dream property anywhere in Virginia or accomplish your selling goals, please feel free to contact me at :


The current offering of Carousel located at 8495 Freewelcome Lane and Mansfield on the Piankatank at 8493 Freewelcome Lane – Dutton, Virginia creates the opportunity to own two distinct neighboring properties,  on the Middle Peninsula, in the Chesapeake Bay Region of Virginia just above the Mathews County Line.

Carousel priced at  $2,995,000  is set on 40.63 acres fronting on the Piankatank River!   Carousel occupies a commanding presence above the Piankatank with superior elevation and breathtaking views and vistas.

The 10,000 sq. ft. 23 room great house is actually the original 1938 Manor House and a luxurious 3 story addition, completed in 2007,  These two homes are connected by a curved Hyphen that unites these two homes so beautifully.  It is a center hub of activity for both homes and boasts a Lux Club Style Wet Bar with views toward the Gillette Walled Garden and the  spectacular waterfront!

Add to all of this smart home technology,  geothermal heating and cooling, state of the art security systems, superior elevation, a world-class pier and covered dock with lifts fit for a Hinckley Picnic, with an additional boat slip with lift can accommodate a fairly good-sized fishing boat.  (The current owners had a 22′ Regulator for the smaller slip).  2 Jet Ski lifts and an additional yacht slip create the ultimate mooring, on deep protected water.

Twice featured on the Historic Garden Week in Virginia (Gloucester/Mathews) Tour in 2001 and 2010, Carousel also features a lovely walled garden by Charles Gillette, Manor house designed by Clarence Wright Huff, World Class Tennis Courts, walking or riding trails, acres and acres of glorious gardens, rare trees, Glass English Greenhouse, indoor/outdoor sound systems,  whole house generator, in-ground irrigation, in-ground salt pool and spa, four seasons porch, attached and detached garages, world-class temperature controlled wine cellars, elevator, 2 gourmet and 2 service kitchens, grand halls, exquisite finishes, fixtures and moldings, 2 first floor master-suites, cedar lined closets, 5 working fireplaces and so much more.

Mansfield adjoins Carousel and is set on 5 scenic acres with its own gated entrance, mature plantings, gardens, lovely waterfront and a three story manor home with full walk up attic with its own staircase and a walk out basement.  Lots of living space on the Basement, First and Second Floor Levels.  Ideal Executive or Family Retreat.

Contact me today to arrange your showing of one or both of these two stunning properties.

Just one of many reasons why Virginia is for Lovers.
Just one of many reasons why Virginia is for Lovers.

Glorious water frontage.
Carousel’s waterfront from the air. Note Tennis Courts, Main House, accessory buildings and more.

Resort Feel.
The ultimate resort atmosphere with every conceivable amenity. A family, corporate or executive compound with attention to every detail.


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In ground salt pool with stunning views of the Piankatank River, beyond. Minutes to Urbanna, Virginia, White Stone, Irvington, Deltaville, Mathews and the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay by boat.

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Entertain family, friends and associates here! Outdoor Kitchen and Bar! Everything you need is here, at Carousel.

Waterside of the great manor house.

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A covered dock with 2 boat slips and lifts…fit for a Hinckley Picnic River Yacht. Separate Yacht slip, floating dock, low maintenance pier and 2 jet ski slips with lifts.


Master Bedroom 1st Fl
Luxurious retreat…like the finest chocolate….One of Two First Floor Master Suites.

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new wing center hall

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Wine Cellar
Another view of the world class wine cellar. Separate wine kitchen is the next room over. A stunning space with old world opulence. Table seats 12 comfortably.

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tennis gazebo
Tennis Anyone…on world class courts!

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A partial view of the original 1938 portion of this glorious Tidewater Cape designed by Clarence Wright Huff, with gardens by Charles Gillette. A separate detached Garage is in the foreground. This photo taken in Spring.


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Breakfast Porch at Carousel - Dutton Virginia. On the Deep and Pristine Piankatank - minutes to the Bay.
Breakfast Porch at Carousel – Dutton Virginia. On the Deep and Pristine Piankatank – minutes to the Bay.

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Carousel and Mansfield – side by side – THE ULTIMATE WATERFRONT COMPOUND! Luxury Awaits you.

Commanding Presence on the Piankatank River - High Elevation
Commanding Presence on the Piankatank River – High Elevation

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40.63 Acres + 5 Adjoining acres = almost 46 acres of the ultimate escape. The center portion of this photo is Carousel, her lands and waterfront. Mansfield is toward the right.

Glorious Walled Garden by Charles Gillette at Carousel!

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Rivers of Daffodils at Carousel!

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The Brick Gated Entrance at Carousel!

Crauns from Carousel
Mansfield on the Piankatank as seen from the pier at Carousel.

The gated entrance at Mansfield. Offered at $1,379,000.00. Call today to arrange your showing. Make an offer!

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Landscaped grounds at Mansfield, which adjoins Carousel.

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View of the Piankatank from the Great Room at Mansfield.

Front View
Very traditional front view of Mansfield.

Carousel and Mansfield from the air.

Carousel Craun from the water daffodils closeup front porch

8493 Freewelcome Lane, Dutton, VA is located in Gloucester County, VA just minutes to Mathews Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay
8493 Freewelcome Lane, Dutton, VA is located in Gloucester County, VA just minutes to Mathews Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay

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Breathtaking 93+ Acre Waterfront Oasis – Northern Neck of Virginia


Charlton Hill and The Cottage at Charlton Hill are part of  a captivating waterfront oasis set high above Piscataway Creek, in Essex County, Virginia.  Just 3 minutes to downtown Historic Tappahannock and one of the warmest and most welcoming communities in Virginia.    Although not technically the Northern Neck, it is in close proximity to the Northern Neck, which lies just across the beautiful Rappahannock River.



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Waterfowl, Wildlife, Mesmerizing Sunrises & Sunsets, flora and fauna of every sort, as well as beautifully orchestrated gardens which frame the view of Piscataway Creek.  This property seems more reminiscent of the South Carolina low country than a high bluff overlooking a glorious waterway.

Charlton Hill is set on 91.3 Waterfront Acres which includes a very handsome 3,843 square foot home with a Lux Uptown Lodge Feel.  Virtually every room features breathtaking views of the waterfront and gardens.  An in-ground pool, pool house, glorious gardens, rare trees, detached garage with spacious office, pier / dock ( with over 1 mile of water frontage and two duck blinds) sets the stage for the ultimate, secluded waterfront retreat!

If  the “Garden and Gun” lifestyle and a rare “Town and Country” Retreat are on your Must Buy list…Look no further than Charlton Hill!  Call or Text me Today to arrange a showing!




THE COTTAGE AT CHARLTON HILL (Offered at $299,000.00) is set on 3 waterfront acres and also overlooks Piscataway Creek.  This all brick cottage possesses boat loads of charm and makes a wonderful guest house for the Main House, nearby.  Both are offered Separately or Together – for purchase.  The photos below are part of The Cottage at Charlton Hill. Like what you see?  Make an offer!


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A charming kitchenette in the Cottage.

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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