You will love this historic Virginia farmhouse at the end of a private country lane sitting on 5.02 waterfront acres. Grab your tackle box or leap into your sailboat to enjoy 130-feet of deep water river frontage. Live as if you’re on vacation while working, eating, or relaxing as you breathe in fresh air on your spacious screened porch. During magical sunrises over the water, you might even catch sight of a great blue heron perched on your dock. Set out on an adventure from your pier along the river’s deep water navigable channel with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, or stay home and enjoy the park-like setting with garden space including ancient magnolias, grape kiwi vines and persimmon trees. This charming, low property taxes, 1873 farmhouse features original heart pine floors and many other authentic features such as three under-the-stairs cupboard rooms, as well as excellent cable Internet and two home offices. Selling “as is.”
HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY
Did you know that before the automobile, rivers functioned the same way as our present-day super highways? Most people on the river owned a boat, even if it was just a rowboat. By the time The Davis House was built in 1873, steamboats plied the East River in Mathews, Virginia, carrying passengers, goods, and the mail. As a result, wharves appeared on land so that the steamboats could load and unload. Not surprisingly, a typical wharf also contained a store and a post office where people could buy products and also pick up their mail. Jonathan G. Davis, followed by his son, William, farmed, ran the store and became the postmaster at Hicks Wharf. He also owned the house on the property adjacent to the wharf.
Interestingly, the house has its own history. Prior to 1873, William E. Hicks, for whom the wharf is named, owned the land on both sides of the road that people used to get to the wharf either by foot or by horse and buggy. However, when his daughter, Elizabeth, married Jonathan G. Davis, William Hicks and his wife Mary gave the parcel of land on the north side of the road to the young couple as a wedding gift.
As it turns out, William E. Hicks also gave the house to the newlyweds. Hicks originally built the house for his son on the south side of the road. However, because the son died, the Hicks’ moved the house across the road to their daughter and son-in-law’s property. Therefore, the Davis House and land started as a wedding present.
Originally, the house only consisted of the front two-story part and the back one-story kitchen. Local lore has it that a covered walkway joined the two. That way, if a fire occurred in the kitchen, it would not burn down the rest of the house. However, by 1907, kitchen stoves must have improved so that it was safe enough to fill in the section between the two parts of the house. They evidently constructed the middle of the house with building material from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. This exhibition celebrated the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the Virginia colony by settlers from England.
The “Big Storm of 1933” destroyed the post office. A couple of years later, the steamboat, Munnatawket, caught fire while docked at Hicks Wharf. Fortunately, a local man and his friends managed to cast off the lines, thereby saving land-based properties from the ensuing explosion. The burnt-out wreck of the Munnatawket lies underwater in the cove adjacent to the property.
Updated on June 21, 2022 at 6:03 pm