In an 1861 sonnet, a visitor to Glen Roy on Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay wrote: ” Thus have I seen and loved thee, fair Glen Roy, Where hospitality weaves happy hours, Where neither sky nor brow unkindly lowers, But all is pure like gold without alloy!” Even in the tumultuous days of the beginning of the Civil War, Glen Roy was a joyful haven.
Glen Roy Plantation encompasses almost sixty acres of farmland, woods, and sweeping lawns that extend to shore of the Ware River in Gloucester, Virginia.
In 1642, the land of 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 William Patterson Smith, the classic Greek Revival manor house has a characteristic four-over-four Georgian plan with a three-section center hall and a central staircase that winds three floors up to a sky-lit cupola with widow’s walk.
Grand in scale, this impressive design incorporates thirteen rooms with 15-foot ceilings downstairs, and 14-foot upstairs and 12 working fireplaces. The timeless proportions create an elegant, yet comfortable ambiance. Along the west elevation on the river, the hall, living room and dining room open to a sixty-foot glass conservatory. The plentiful original architectural elements highlight the distinctive nature of Glen Roy: over-sized windows and doors with a Egypto-Greco surrounds with complex moldings and significant amount of old glass, heart pine floors, and plaster walls and ceilings.
This estate includes a number of dependencies. The nineteenth century carriage house was converted to a seven room guest house with two bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen and two bathroom. The spirit of the structure was preserved by transforming the original front carriage entrance into an oversized window, brightening the interior space.
The oldest building with east gable entrance and west gable end chimney above a raised brick cellar, features oyster shell mortar, 5-course common bond, beaded weatherboard, and six-over-nine double-hung sash windows. Once a doctor’s office, it has been restored to a delightful library.
Adjacent are the fascinating ruins of an early, circular brick dairy.
. The frame, two-bay garage has smart offices with bath and kitchen on the second floor.
Completely new systems and conveniences have been skillfully woven into the meticulous restoration, creating luxurious living. With a picket fence enclosure, inviting swimming pool is surrounded by a handsome English border.
The striking, antebellum grain barn displays a rich, picturesque patina. Also, included are an early 20th century frame stable, sheep shed and lawn mower shed.
Glen Roy possesses the ultimate Chesapeake Bay country experience: significant history, exquisite original architecture, estate presence and coastal lifestyle.