Monday, May 12, 2014

Little England

Next month, Sharon and I will take a trek to Virginia to see her childhood home, Aspen Grove in Fairfax and her summer home on Chesapeake Bay.  We plan to do as much as possible in the 9 days we will be in VA.  We will be checking out historic places, urban exploring, and hitting the beaches.


One of the places I wanted to see was a historic plantation known as Little England.  It was built in 1716 by Captain John Perrin and overlooking the York River in Gloucester County.  It a Georgian style brick structure which is 2 1/2 stories high with five bays, a gabled roof, and two chimneys.  Another wing was added in 1954.  It was restored in 1939 and now sits on 58 acres of manicured land with at least a mile of water frontage.  This historic home is one of the "best preserved colonial plantation homes" in all of Virginia.  In 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

I am not just interested in visiting Little England because it is a historic plantation, my 4 times great-grandfather on my Dad's side, William Howard Hobday, once owned the place from 1836-1856.  At the time of purchase, Little England sat on 300 acres.  Because this place is part of my family's history, I want to see it for myself and see where family once called home.  I am hoping to get inside since the place is for sale and take tons of pictures.  Stay tuned...

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