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Monday, September 16, 2013

Warner Hall


Warner Hall

Augustine Warner
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 Gloucester County, VA is the place that can make this unique claim.

In 1642 Augustine Warner received a “land grant” for a six hundred-acre plantation from Britain’s King Charles I in exchange for bringing settlers to the struggling Jamestowne Settlement. Warner Hall, situated on the Severn River, was built in 1674.
Meriwether Lewis

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 Virginia families, continued on the property well into the 19th century.

George Washington
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.
 
Aerial View of Warner Hall
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

The 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 with eleven
The Inn at Warner Hall
guestrooms.

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.


Solarium
For more information about The Inn at Warner Hall: http://warnerhall.com/

10 comments:

  1. 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. :-)

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    1. That's very sweet Rina. All of us at Colonial Quills love history and want to share that with others.

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  2. Interesting. History always reveals so many things we didn't know. Thanks.

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    1. 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.

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    2. interesting post, Janet. I enjoy learning new things about history too. All kinds of stories to be found.

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    3. I'm so glad you came by, Shelba. And there are more stories being learned all the time.

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  3. 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. :(

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    1. 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.

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  4. 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!

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  5. Enjoyed your post, Janet! Fascinating info & beautiful inn & grounds!

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