Carter’s Grove goes up for auction

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – If you have a few million bucks to spare, a sprawling estate in James City County could be yours.

Carter’s Grove has been in the area for centuries. Wednesday, the estate will go up for auction.

The land was first inhabited by Native Americans periodically from 6500 B.C. to 1600 A.D. About 20 years later, English settlers created a small settlement called Wolstenholme Towne.

In 1723, Robert “King” Carter acquired the land for agricultural reasons and it wasn’t until 1755 that the main house was completed by Carter’s grandson, Carter Burwell.

Twelve different owners had possession of Carter’s Grove from 1838 to 1928, during which time the condition of both the home and the plantation deteriorated. In 1928, Archibald and Mollie McCrea renovated the plantation and Carter’s Grove once again found a new owner when Mollie McCrea died in 1954.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation managed the property when the Rockefeller family’s Sealantic Charitable Trust obtained it in 1964. Five years later, the property was transferred completely to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

In 2007, it was again sold to Carter’s Grove, LLC to be used as a private home and horse farm, but final payments were not made and the LLC declared bankruptcy in 2011.

The property sits on 401 acres of land, with 8,000 feet of frontage on the James River. The home has nine bedrooms.

The auction’s website says the property was originally offered for $14.95 million.

For more information on the auction, click here.

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