When David Murray — the first Murray of the Princess Anne County, Virginia, Murrays — arrived in the colonies in 1622, he was an indentured servant. But the 650 acres he eventually earned became the seat for a generation of Murrays, including Thomas Murray, whose father Isaac built him a brick gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonia home on the Elizabeth River in 1791.
In fact, he built all three of his sons’ homes on the land that would eventually be part of what would become Virginia Beach, Virginia, likely pressing his initials into a brick in the chimneys of each home, just as he did in the Thomas Murray House. That’s just a guess, though, because of the three homes, Thomas’ is the only one to survive the centuries that grew America.
If this 19th century Antebellum farmhouse doesn’t capture your senses, wait until you see the log cabin inside that predates the Revolutionary War.
Located at 21276 Alvarado Drive in Abingdon, Virginia, this 4,410-square-feet home on 3.68 acres is a striking blend of two eras in American history. Despite modern restorations and amenities that recent owners meticulously added over the years, the sprawling interior with three bedrooms, four baths, and multiple living areas maintains its rustic appeal and circa 1830 Colonial style. (more…)
When you begin looking for houses of historical significance, especially on the week of Thanksgiving, you often turn to the places where the country was born. For this week’s historical shelter, we found a Virginia home owned by a Revolutionary War soldier turned inn owner, with ties to a founding father and future president.
The Green Hill House, located in Salem, Virginia, was built in 1776. But the land it sits on was granted to William Walton in 1774, by none other than the Governor of Virginia — Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson granted 1,200 acres along the Roanoke River in what would eventually be Salem to Walton, who built the brick home we’re featuring this week. About 10 years later, Walton obtained a license to open an inn, and became a popular stopover for people heading to what would become the Louisiana Territories.
It is rumored that Jefferson frequented Green Hill House a few times, too.
By 1845, Walton sold the home to his son-in-law, Robert Craig — who was a U.S. congressman from 1829 to 1841. Craig is credited with giving the property its current name.
Nowadays, the property sits adjacent to Green Hill Park, which was once part of the original 1,200 acres in the land grant.
The home has been well-maintained and has kept in mind its historical provenance with the updates you see. The main floor boasts a grand ballroom with fireplaces and three chandeliers, a full bathroom, a formal dining room, a family room, and cathedral ceilings in the now-gourmet kitchen and hearth room — perfect spaces for a family Thanksgiving for any future owner.