Circa 17742091 Black Walnut Road
Randolph, Virginia, 23962
Style | Plantation
Property type | Single-Family Home
Date listed | July 18, 2014
Status | Off Market
- 5396 sq ft
- 5 beds
- 5 baths
Hey, hey! CIRCA loves this house so much that we wrote a whole article on it! Check it out here!
Listed on both the National and Virginia Registries of Historic Places, Black Walnut Plantation is truly a unique property, listed for the first time in over 240 years.
Originally a portion of a 10,300-acre land grant issued to Richard Randolph in 1741, Black Walnut today encompasses close to 800 acres in the beautiful southern Virginia countryside. Portions of the home date as early as 1774, with additions made during the tobacco boom of the 1840s/1850s. Since, the home has remained remarkably untouched, retaining its distinctive character and integrity. Wide plank wood floors throughout – each room features a fireplace. Interior details include Greek Revival moldings, wide baseboards, built in china cabinet, and a variety of unique door styles.
At its peak, Black Walnut Plantation was one of the largest and most successful plantations in Halifax County. The property is often noted for its unusual collection of surviving plantation dependencies (brick kitchen, 2 smokehouses, dairy, school house, and slave quarters) and lovely terraced boxwood gardens. A stone walled fresh water spring is only steps away from the brick kitchen and main house. Additionally, a 3-acre stocked pond is a short distance from the main complex.
Long tree lined driveway offers ideal seclusion and privacy. Additional structures on property provide rental potential: including a three-bedroom, two bath home which has current renter.
The only Civil War battle fought in Halifax County, The Battle of the Staunton River Bridge, took place on Black Walnut Plantation in the summer 1864. Confederate troops maintained encampment there during the war – and Union forces after. During the 1939 National Tobacco Festival, legendary actress Mary Pickford visited Black Walnut as queen of the festivities.
Excellent game and fishing.
Located 90 miles north of Raleigh, NC and 100 miles south of Richmond – Black Walnut Plantation is the ideal rural retreat. Halifax County boasts some of the finest dining and arts in the region. For more information, on Halifax County: http://www.gohalifaxva.com/
Black Walnut Plantation is eligible for two tax incentives programs linked to the substantial rehabilitation of properties on the National and Virginia Historic Registries. The two programs are the Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit (RITC) and the Virginia State Tax Credit. More information can be found at: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/tax_credits/tax_credit.htm
For more historical information, images & updates :
***An historic estate sale is scheduled for October 17th & 18th at Black Walnut Plantation. The historic sale – which will include a 19th century plantation library with many rare volumes, beautiful estate jewelry and silver, fine plantation furnishings and rare antiques, unique political memorabilia and much more – will be previewed on Thursday, October 16th , between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The sale is being conducted by Winstead Auction Company of Yanceyville, North Carolina.
Some of the highlights of the sale are:
– – – A complete set of Chesterfield Letters signed by Judith Randolph and Benjamin Watkins Leigh Jr.: Randolph was a centerpiece of what historian Alan Pell Crawford coined the “first great scandal of 18th century America.” The 222th anniversary of the event that sparked the scandal is Oct. 1. To learn more on Judith Randolph and the scandal which involved such players as Patrick Henry, John Marshall, and a daughter of Thomas Jefferson – the following site summarizes it well:
Benjamin Watkins Leigh, Jr. was the son of Senator Benjamin Watkins Leigh of Richmond, Virginia. Benjamin Leigh Jr. was a Civil War Confederate Army Officer who was one of the soldiers that carried an injured Stonewall Jackson from the battlefield during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on June 3, 1863.
– – – Rare political memorabilia: Items include relics from the presidential campaigns of President Benjamin Harrison to President George W Bush & Senator John McCain. There is also a tremendous amount of regional items of interest; including Halifax’s own Governor William Tuck. The late Tucker Carrington Watkins, IV – former 5th District GOP Chairman and field director for Senator George Allen -was a avid collector and the last full-time resident of the property. – – – Plantation furnishings and fine antiques that have remained in the home for hundreds of years: The parlor furniture in particular is rare – and has been in place for well over 150 years. Black Walnut hosted Mary Pickford there when she was queen of the National Tobacco Festival 75 years ago this month. The items mentioned above are just a small selection of many you will find of interest .
Due to the increasing interest in this event the historic Berry Hill Plantation Resort ( www.berryhillonline.com ) in South Boston, Virginia has offered a special rate for those who are attending the sale. The county is also host to nationally award winning dining destinations, Bistro 1888 & Molasses Grill.
Property Website : www.blackwalnutplantation.net