If you thought that when the Pilgrims first dipped their toes into the freezing waters of Cape Cod Bay in November, 1620 that they were the first group to contemplate serious colonization in the New World you would have overlooked the discovery in 1608 of Virginia’s Eastern Shore by Capt. John Smith, of Pocahantus fame, as he sailed into the mouth of the mighty Chesapeake Bay, making the first of many commentaries about lifestyles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore when he said “Heaven and Earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation“. So although the Pilgrims got all the fame, fuss and memorialization ad infinitum via grade school Thanksgiving pagents, our little penninsula was the true spot where serious colonization got started, leaving aside the Lost Colony. And the spot where it all started was here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, in Northampton County, in what is now known as the little town of Eastville, VA. Eastville became the official county seat in 1690 when what is now called the old courthouse was built there. Today, Eastville is nationally famous in historical circles as being the oldest repository of continuous court records in the US and folks come from all over to study the old wills, deeds, etc.
Eastville now is a quaint, tiny town centered around the Courthouse Green. The town is very much as it was more than a hundred plus years ago when many of the existing homes were built. Tree lined streets and beautiful old homes with wide front porches set a relaxed tone. One of these gorgeous, elegant old homes is now for sale, listed by Blue Heron Realty Co. agent Gerry Forbes. Built in 1917, this 5 bedroom, 4 bath historic home is in simply beautiful condition throughout. Gorgeous, gleaming hardwood floors, original of course, and Bfine moldings show off the excellent craftsmanship of this fine brick home. The formal living room and the formal dining room both have fireplaces adorned with charming old mantels and fabulous pocket doors. Lovingly updated keeping in mind retaining the historical integrity, this home now has updated plumbing and electrical service, like-new heat pumps and central air conditioning. The very spacious kitchen sports new glass front cabinets, trash compactor and a gas downdraft cooktop, everything at the ready to cook a five course meal at the drop of a hat. For anyone thinkling about opening a B & B, the third floor guest suite makes this home a great candidate for a B & B, especially as the third floor would offer a lot of private space for the owner.
One of my favorite rooms is the large glassed-in sunroom. South facing, with a view the lawns and backyard pool, this room just feels totally relaxing, it cries out for comfy rocking chairs and some really good books. Sited on a two acre + parcel, the house is surrounded by mature hardwoods and hollies. The magnolia tree in the side yard is one of the tallest magnolias I have ever seen- I’m sure it is absolutely breathtaking when in full bloom ! And cuter than cute, three historic sheds estimated circa 1880′s, complete with antique hardware, grace the backyard just behind the magnolia tree. Without a doubt, this is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a historic home in a little town in a coastal area. Eastville is so close to beaches, boat ramps, marinas, golf, etc., lots of fun lifestyle amenties which are only about 10 minutes away. For more information about this exceptional property, call Blue Heron Realty Co. at 757-678-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted by Marlene Cree, licensed Virginia agent with Blue Heron Realty Co., 7134 Wilsonia Neck Dr., Machipongo, VA )