by Leona Jaeger (photo by Lee Sandstead)
If you are indeed an old house lover (as I am!), it’s probably safe to say that it’s not just the beauty and craftsmanship behind old homes that draws you in, but the history as well. There’s a bit of mystery — a curious desire to know who lived there and what it was like. I don’t know about you, but when face-to-face with a beautiful old house, questions will buzz around my head like flies at a picnic! If you want history, then you are sure to enjoy learning more about the interesting life of Black Walnut Plantation, which is listed on both the National and Virginia Register of Historic Places. PLUS: It’s for sale on CIRCA!
Black Walnut has a rich story dating back about 240 years. Just think: That’s before the United States were, well, the United States! The plantation was a 3,100 acre portion of an original land grant of 10,300 acres acquired by Richard Randolph in 1741. In the summer of 1768 these 3,100 acres were sold to William Sims; and from that point until today, Black Walnut Plantation has remained in the Sims’ family line.