Last year I had the privilege of going on the Charles City "pilgrimage" of homes along the James River. One of the magnificent estates was Sherwood Forest. As indicated on their website, Sherwood Forest is the longest presidential home in the nation.
|Left side of the house - Sherwood Forest|
This home is about as long as a football field! And my, oh my, are there stories waiting to be told there! Above is a picture of the left side of the home and below is the right side.
On the day I visited, we were blessed to be greeted at the house by President John Tyler's grandson, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, who owns the property.
|Harrison Ruffin Tyler, 2013|
And YES President Tyler was this gentleman's grandfather, despite John Tyler having been born in 1790. Here's an article that explains (click here.) Basically, President Tyler was in his 60's when his son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler (former president of the College of William and Mary) was born and Professor Tyler was in his 70's when Harrison was born. (And I thought we had some long gaps in our family tree! My grandfather was born in 1886 and his youngest great-grandchild in 2002.)
The estate is a private home and is only open on special occasions. There was another recent viewing in December, 2013. The proceeds from the Pilgrimage (which included Sherwood Forest and several other plantations) I attended in 2013 went to a program through the local Westover Episcopal Church.
Dog statuary marks the front porch! I think this may be a "nod" to the Princess Anne Hunt Club which hunts on the property.
|Dog statuary on the porch of Sherwood Forest|
I loved this old bell in the back of the house!
Question: Have you ever visited this private estate? What impressed you most?