Exquisite Riverfront Manor
North Prince George, VA
Auction Date & Time
October 24, 2014
9 BD / 8 BA / 2 Half BA
11,298 sq. ft.
Marketed at $5 Million
Multiple Offers Produced
PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR $7 MILLION. MULTIPLE OFFERS PRODUCED. (Inquire for Details.) Once a location that was graced by a countless number of soldiers during America’s early military conflicts–including Ulysses S. Grant–Flowerdew Hundred Road is now the location of an exquisite residential estate.
With nearly 100 acres and more than 1,000 feet of frontage on the James River, the Property offers an abundance of open space for relaxation and privacy. Its landscaped grounds, formal garden, and lengthy, tree-lined driveway evokes memories of the stately plantations and farms created by America’s earliest families of prominence.
Designed by Daniel Ensminger and based on the classic New England shingle style of Robert A.M. Stern, the Property boasts an 11,000 sf main residence, oversized four-car garage with guest apartment, pool with adjacent pool house, free-standing sauna, separate caretaker’s residence, and a boat dock with dual lifts.
Large families will appreciate the estate’s 9 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, while those with an eye for detail will enjoy its custom finishes and special touches, such as 17th century limestone fireplace mantels imported from France, and Ball & Ball custom brass door handles and hinges.
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As it stands today, the Property is a portion of the original farm known simply as Flowerdew Hundred. It was given as a land grant by King James to the governor of Virginia, Sir George Yeardly, in 1619. He derived the name from his wife’s maiden name, Temperance Flowerdew.
The term “hundred” is said to have once referred to a subsection of a larger piece of land, specifically one that could sustain and provide for one hundred soldiers (or one hundred homesteads).
Flowerdew Town, as the site on the river became called, had a fort, a palisade and a collection of weapons, as well as some of the outdated armor that King James had sent to the colonists. Because of these preparations, Flowerdew survived the Indian Massacre of 1622 and thus became the second, “permanent” and continuously occupied plantation after Jamestown.
During the Civil War and on his march towards Petersburg, Ulysses S. Grant crossed the James River on a pontoon bridge to Flowerdew with 50,000 troops and support personnel.
Flowerdew is also know as an important artifact site, where items ranging from 12,000-year-old Native American tools to the personal affects of Union soldiers from the Civil War have been discovered. In fact, more than 250,000 artifacts have been unearthed to date on the Flowerdew site.
Established in 1702, Prince George is a County in Virginia boasting a rich American history, with small-town charm and tree-lined streets set against the backdrop of one of the earliest settled regions of the state. Northern Prince George County is located approximately 30 minutes south of the heart of Richmond, the state’s capital, and is 2 hours north of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is named after Prince George of Denmark, who was the husband of Great Britain’s Queen Anne.
With roles in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and both World Wars, Prince George still bears many bullet scars on some of the oldest homes and plantations there. Martin’s Brandon Plantation, the longest continuous agricultural enterprise in the United States, is located in the County, and was once owned by Richard Quinley (whose son married William Shakespeare’s sister). Prince George also served as General Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters during the Civil War, and was where Abraham Lincoln spent three of the last four years of his life.
The James River National Wildlife Refuge (adjacent to the Property), is also located in Prince George. The refuge boasts expansive camping grounds, as well as sweeping views for bird watching and covered trails for hiking. White-tailed deer hunting is allowed throughout the refuge (with a permit), and archery, muzzleloader and shotgun seasons are offered annually.
Property listed and offered for sale by RE/MAX Commonwealth (Listing agent Tom Innes). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is performing auction-marketing services as part of this transaction, and is not performing any real estate services. VA Auctioneer Marc Morris, Jr.
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