Lower Brandon Plantation

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The main building of the Brandon Plantation

The Lower Brandon Plantation (also known as Brandon or Brandon Plantation (formerly Martin's Brandon )) is a historic plantation , and is located on the west side of the James River , in Burrowsville , in Prince George County , in the US state of Virginia , in the United States . The property is at the end of Route 611.

The plantation consists of several acres of arable land, forests and natural gardens . The brick-red main building of the farm, built around 1765, is architecturally in the Palladian style. In addition, the property has its own cemetery, the Brandon Plantation Cemetery .


The Brandon Plantation was initially part of a land allocation. In 1616 it was the alderman of the Jamestown colony , John Martin awarded. John Martin's wife, Mary, was the daughter of the well-known goldsmith and jewelry dealer Robert Brandon, a purveyor to the English royal family under Elizabeth I. When the Jamestown massacre broke out in 1622 , seven people were killed on the plantation.

According to the National Register of Historic Places , the property was of particular significance between 1750 and 1799. The specific years are mentioned as 1765 and 1770.


After John Martin died in 1632, his grandson Robert Bargrave, father of Isaac Bargrave , the Dean of Canterbury , inherited the plantation, which he sold to William Barber, Richard Quiney and John Sadler five years later. The three new owners and their heirs ran the plantation until Nathaniel Harrison bought and took over the plant in 1720.

By Nathaniel Harrison's premature death, the estate went to his son Nathaniel Harrison II. Later owners was the general and American founding father Benjamin Harrison V .

After his death, the property was divided between his sons, whereupon the Upper Brandon Plantation was created, a plantation that was also taken up by the NRHP on April 26, 1996 with the number 96000495.

The Brandon remained in the possession of the Harrison family until 1926 when it was acquired and refurbished by Robert Daniel . The last known owner is Robert Daniel, Jr. , former US Congressman. The descendants of the Daniel family still run the plantation today, making it one of the oldest farms in the United States.

The Brandon Plantation was listed as a building on the National Register of Historic Places on November 11, 1969 . In April 1970, the property was granted National Historic Landmark status.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Brandon-James River Plantations: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
  2. Brandon on the National Register of Historic Places , accessed March 6, 2020.
  3. Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Virginia. National Park Service , accessed March 6, 2020.

Coordinates: 37 ° 15 ′ 25 ″  N , 76 ° 59 ′ 40 ″  W.