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3719 Susie Drive, Petersburg, VA, USA
$424,950

Description

Lovingly restored home Circa 1740 has the same footprint today as it did 280 yrs ago. Built by prominent merchant, Roger Atkinson, and home to historical figures Elizabeth Keckley & Hugh Garland. It is the perfect blend of 21st century conveniences and incredible history. It has original wainscoting, multi member crown, wide plank heart pine floors, federal mantel pieces, and an exposed Flemish bond brick chimney. 3.5 NEW baths in the main home. (4 full and 2 half baths total) a NEW Kitchen with quartz counters, glass front cabinets, and 3 BR’s with a GIANT master w/full bath. Upgrades include Heat Pump, Gas Furnace, new paint, refinished floors, new insulation. The property is on a fenced in 2.5 acre lot, with mature gardens, dogwoods, pear, chestnut & pecan trees, grape vines, and water garden w/ fountain. The property also includes an out building with 2 car garage, fully renovated 1 bd/1 bath upstairs apartment, and bonus space with its own bathroom with all NEW mechanicals and a NEW roof. Rentable for $900/month. Just a few miles from the public boat landing on Lake Chesdin and just a couple miles from I85, the location is convenient to RVA, the Tri-Cities, and Fort Lee!

The property was home to at least three prominent Virginia families. Roger Atkinson was a merchant and land speculator from England who settled in Virginia around 1746. He was one of the wealthiest Virginian’s who, at points in his life, owned over 40,000 acres including multiple plantations on both side of the Appomattox River. In his original letter book you can get a glimpse of what life and politics were like in America in the late 18th century. He was in Williamsburg during the first meetings of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1776. In his letters he makes mention of George Washington, Patrick Henry, Richard Bland, Benjamin Franklin, and Richard Henry Lee and was well connected with many important historical figures both in business and politics. His grandson, Roger Atkinson Pryor was offered to fire the first shot at Fort Sumpter but declined, even as an outspoken proponent of secession, by saying “ I could not fire the first gun of the war”. The Atkinson’s lived at Mansfield until the 1830s when they sold the home to Hugh Garland. Hugh Garland, who married Anne Burwell, was a lawyer and eventual author who wrote multiple books throughout his life. He also presided in the Dread Scott case but died before the final verdict was reached. The Garland’s ran a girls school here in the 1830s. There is a copy of an advertisement in the Richmond Enquirer in 1837 saying “Mansfield is a healthy situation, near Cox Rd, four miles west of Petersburg. The grounds are highly improved and well suited for recreation and exercise. The buildings are ample for the accommodation of twenty –twenty five scholars” Subjects at the school included Natural and Moral Philosophy, Botany, and Chemistry. The home is most well known as the home of Elizabeth Keckley who lived here as a slave for the Burwell’s. She was born a slave in Dinwiddie County, purchased her freedom in 1855, and supported herself as a seamstress. Her skills brought her to the attention of Mary Todd Lincoln, who hired Keckley in 1861. She became Mary Todd’s favorite dressmaker and later her companion and confidante. She worked closely with Frederick Douglas as well in organizing relief and educational programs for emancipated slaves. Keckley published her autobiography Thirty Years a Slave and 4 years in the White House in which she told horror stories of slavery and of her time in the White House with the Lincolns. She specifically mentions Mansfield in her letters and remembers her time here as some of the best years of her life. Her story is one of unbelievable courage and perseverance.

 

Detail

  • Property ID
    208724
  • 4
    Bedrooms
  • 6
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    4000 sqft
  • Lot Size
    2.5 acres
  • Georgian
    Style
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    Year Built
    1740

Updated on February 19, 2020 at 7:06 am

Address

  • Address: 3719 Susie Drive, Petersburg, VA, USA
  • City: Petersburg
  • State/county: Virginia
  • Zip/Postal Code: 23803
  • Country: United States

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