Rich in history, this site dates back to 1642 when the ferry service was first started by Adam Thoroughgood to connect ... More
Ferry Plantation House
Rich in history, this site dates back to 1642 when the ferry service was first started by Adam Thoroughgood to connect plantations by the waterway and the third Princess Anne Courthouse built in 1735, which is the reputed site of imprisonment for Grace Sherwood, the \"Witch of Pungo,\" once stood on this site. The circa 1830 house which now stands on this site is a ten room, central passage plan Federal farm house that faces the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River.
The Ferry Plantation was well worth it. There is lot of history associated with it and the guide was very interesting to listen to. The house was also filled with historical pieces that were fun to see. And it was free.
I brought a group of 30 people to Ferry Plantation House for the 2010 Charles Dickens' Tea. We were thrilled with the array of foods and drink, the atmosphere was perfect.
The docents were most friendly and assisted us whenever needed. Belinda Nash,
Excutive Director orf Ferry Plantation House is simply a wonder. She told us the history of the house, how it related to the Dickens' time period, so much information!
Belinda has done so much research on the house, it's past, the relationship of the former tenants. After the tea, Belinda offered to give us a tour of the house and we even got to shop in the gift shop. My group was so impressed, we have already signed up for upcoming events. The Ferry Plantation House is a non-profit organization and we all wish them the best of luck..Donations are always appreciated.
The Ferry Plantation Home was an electrifying experience for those who enjoy Colonial and early United States history. You learn of the several functions the home has served over the years, i.e. (everything from a prison, court, tavern, home, and now a museum).
The House itself is truly a timeline in and of itself. The oldest part of the home dates circa. 1735 which at one time use to be the old Princess Anne Court, and also Prison (there are even bars on some of the windows). The main part of the house dates to around circa. 1830 and consists of a main hallway, dining room, bedrooms in the upper floor, attic, and a parlor room.
Though the original Ferry Plantation Home doesn't exist, due to being burned down from a fire long ago. They rebuilt the home where it currently stands now, and still carry its legacy.
I had so much fun on my tour at the Ferry Planation House doing a private school project. I learned so much about the water way and the history from 1642. Belinda Nash is a great tour guide and she was very willing to provide lots of information for us. All in all I had a great time!
Visiting Ferry Plantation House provides a chance to see "up close and personal" how our colonial ancestors lived and worked. The restoration of Ferry House is an ongoing project, and whenever I visit my family in Virginia Beach, I always have to visit Ferry and see how the work has progressed. The learning programs and special events for adults and children are fun and truly educational. And Ms. Belinda Nash is excellent in her role as hostess/lecturer of the house and its history. She makes it come alive. If there is anything you want to know regarding life in colonial times, she can certainly tell you and make it interesting and real.
One of the reviews stated that the "docent who conducted the tour smelled of cigarettes and was rude"... unfortunately, Ferry House has to depend on volunteers and sometimes those volunteers turn out to be less than desirable. I suggest that anyone who has had a less-than-satisfactory tour, revisit Ferry Plantation, if they can, and make sure that Ms. Nash gives them a tour. They will not be disappointed.
I wish Ms. Nash and the Ferry Plantation House organization every success in their ongoing efforts to completely restore Ferry House and continue to provide this "look into the past"!
Everyone who visits the Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Chesapeake area should take the time to see Ferry Plantation House!!!
We will go back each year that we visit from Canada
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 3/8/05
Ferry Plantation House has an indepth history of the area dating as far back as 1642 with the Ferry Boat service. The trial by water of Virginia's only convicted witch too place in the bay beyond the plantation. The third Princess Anne courthouse was used until 1751 on the property. The house that is there to-day was built from the good bricks of the Walke Manor house destroyed by fire in 1828. The family history is also available, and the restoration that is ongoing teaches thousands of the old masters had to work with. A very good tour indeed.
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