Did you know that George Washington, Queen Elizabeth II, Robert E. Lee, and Meriwether Lewis all share common ancestors and a location in America? Augustine and Mary Warner began that family, and Warner Hall, in
is the place that can make this
unique claim. Gloucester County, VA
In 1642 Augustine Warner received a “land grant” for a six hundred-acre plantation from
’s King Charles I in exchange for
bringing settlers to the struggling Jamestowne Settlement. Warner Hall,
situated on the Britain Severn River, was built in 1674.
The other family associated with Warner Hall is the Lewis family. The Lewis family entered into the plantation’s history when Elizabeth, the third daughter of Augustine Warner II, married John Lewis and inherited Warner Hall. The Warners and the Lewises, two prominent
families, continued on the
property well into the 19th century. Virginia
Augustine Warner was the great-grandfather of President George Washington and the eighth great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II through her mother's Bowes-Lyons family.
Warner Hall was rebuilt several times when the home was damaged or destroyed by fire. The current home, a Colonial Revival manor house, was built on the earlier foundation in the early 1900s. It and its dependency structures have been meticulously restored.
The walled Warner Hall Graveyard, site of the tombs of Augustine Warner and other members of the Warner and Lewis families is discretely located behind the manor house. It is owned and maintained by the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
|Warner Hall Graveyard|
Inn at Warner Hall
Theresa and Troy Stavens, purchased and restored Warner Hall in the 90’s utilizing their financial management and marketing skills and passion for hospitality and historic preservation, to create the
Inn at Warner Hall. I first learned about Warner Hall from
good friends who regularly dine and stay at this charming 38 acre country inn
|The Inn at Warner Hall|
|Center Hall Stairway|
I was curious to find out more about the inn I’d heard so much about, so on Labor Day my husband and I visited Warner Hall. It was a delight to wander around this beautiful property and restored 19th century mansion, so filled with history, which continues to be enjoyed and appreciated by many.
For more information about The Inn at Warner Hall: http://warnerhall.com/
Soley because I love all the cool history you all post I've nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog. I know y'all probably don't participate in that sort of thing, but thought you'd appreciate the shout-out. :-)ReplyDelete
That's very sweet Rina. All of us at Colonial Quills love history and want to share that with others.Delete
Interesting. History always reveals so many things we didn't know. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by. You are absolutely correct. It makes me wonder what other undiscovered places, people and events we might find to learn new things about.Delete
interesting post, Janet. I enjoy learning new things about history too. All kinds of stories to be found.Delete
I'm so glad you came by, Shelba. And there are more stories being learned all the time.Delete
Holy smokes, I had no idea! Thanks for sharing this, Janet! I love the pics you shared as well, really helps bring it to life. I'd like to visit there someday. Too bad WA is so far from all the fabulous colonial stuff in the east. :(ReplyDelete
Thanks Amber. there is a wealth of fascinating historical places here on the east coast, but you also live in a beautiful and interesting part of the country.Delete
This is a beautiful place, Janet. I attended the Chesapeake Bay Writers luncheon here a few years back. Interesting article, esp. that info. about the queen and George Washington sharing a common ancestor! Thanks, Janet!ReplyDelete
Enjoyed your post, Janet! Fascinating info & beautiful inn & grounds!ReplyDelete