In an 1861 sonnet,a visitor wrote: " Thus have I seen and loved thee, fair Glen Roy, Wherehospitality weaves happy hours, Where neither sky nor brow unkindly lowers, Butall is pure like gold without alloy!" Even in the tumultuous days of thebeginning of the Civil War, Glen Roy was a joyful haven.
Later, the Uniontroops occupied this beautiful Georgian home. Using the widow's walk, atop thethree story home, as an observation tower to watch Confederate troop movements.The scene of a skirmish, The Battle of Glen Roy, was a short fight. The Unionsoldier overestimated the size of a Confederate Militia, heading down thehalf-mile entry road and retreated.
In 1642, the landof Glen Roy was patented by a 600-acre land grant English King Charles I.Today, Glen Roy Plantation encompasses almost sixty acres of farmland, woods,and sweeping lawns that extend to shore of the Ware River in Gloucester,Virginia. Built in 1853 by WilliamPatterson Smith, the classic Greek Revival manor house has a characteristicfour-over-four Georgian plan with a three-section center hall and a centralstaircase that winds three floors up to a sky-lit cupola with widow’s walk. Grand in scale, this impressive design incorporates13 rooms with15-footceilings downstairs, and 14-foot upstairs and 12 working fireplaces. Thetimeless proportions create an elegant, yet comfortable ambiance. Along thewest elevation on the river, the hall, living room and dining room open to asixty-foot glass conservatory. Theplentiful original architectural elements highlight the distinctive nature ofGlen Roy: over-sized windows and doors with a Egypto-Greco surrounds withcomplex moldings and significant amount of old glass, heart pine floors, andplaster walls and ceilings.
Completely newsystems and conveniences have been skillfully woven into the meticulousrestoration, creating luxurious living. With a picket fence enclosure, invitingswimming pool is surrounded by a handsome English border. On the waters of theWare River is a private pier that offers a deep-water, protected harbor.
This estateincludes a number of dependencies. The nineteenth century carriage house wasconverted to a seven room guest house with two bedrooms, dining room, livingroom, kitchen and two bathroom. The spirit of the structure was preserved bytransforming the original front carriage entrance into an oversized window,brightening the interior space. The oldest building with east gable entranceand west gable end chimney above a raised brick cellar, features oyster shellmortar, 5-course common bond, beaded weatherboard, and six-over-ninedouble-hung sash windows. Once a doctor’soffice, it has been restored to a delightful library. Adjacent are thefascinating ruins of an early, circular brick dairy. The frame, two-bay garagehas smart offices with bath and kitchen on the second floor. The striking, antebellum grain barn displaysa rich, picturesque patina. Also,included are an early 20th century frame stable, sheep shed and lawn mowershed.
Glen Roy possessesthe ultimate Chesapeake Bay country experience: significant history, exquisiteoriginal architecture, estate presence and coastal lifestyle. Discover thisplace where hospitality weaves happy hours.