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Property Information
Mahockney
5328 Mt Landing Rd
Tappahannock, VA
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Price: $1,050,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Feet: 2,874
Lot Description/Acreage:
48 acres
Year Built:
1671/1790/1820/1910
Architectural Style:
Colonial
(c.1600-1820)
 
Contact Information
Name: Wes Fertig
Agency: Joyner Fine Properties
Phone: 804-339-7722
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Property History
The Mahockney manor house sits on a rise over rolling farmland, as it has since the late 1600s. Mahockney’s current owners purchased the property in 2009 when its only known “historical” connections (as described in local garden-tour histories and oldhouse guidebooks) were 19th -century antebellum and wartime anecdotes about its Latane-family residents, and a hazy local awareness that prominent antebellum Virginia Supreme Court Justice Spencer Roane and his father Revolutionary patriot
William Roane had owned it in the years of Essex County’s early leading role in Stamp-Act activism into the early Republic. The current owners (one a former executive director of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, and her husband an academic research scholar) have used archival research, human records,
and archaeological research to reveal an extensive timeline of fact and history, with previously unknown or forgotten prominent Virginians living at Mahockney stretching back before Bacon’s Rebellion – indeed there is a historical connection with
that cataclysmic 1676 event.

The plantation land was granted in a 1663 royal patent to early English settler Thomas Rawson, but likely not settled and built upon until he sold it in 1671 to Robert Tomlin and family, who also likely named it, after a now extinct Native American tribe, the Mahock. The Library of Virginia holds a hand-drawn map of what became Tappahannock, labeling the house here as “Mr. Tomlin’s, was Mr. Rawson’s.” The Tomlins grew the farm to nearly 1,000 acres, and for the past 200 years the house has
been the center of a contiguous 1,200-acre farm. The original manor house and its immediately surrounding 48 acres constitute a singular encapsulation of three-and-ahalf centuries of Virginia architectural history and human life, and reflect its role among the earliest English settlements in the upper reaches of Tidewater plantation life. The farm sits on a headwater of Mount Landing Creek, navigable in antebellum years by flatboat to the Rappahannock five miles below. The house sits amid multicentury white oaks, overshadowed by a large mature magnolia and surrounded by orchard trees and 20th/21st century gardens, all contributing to the “manor”
environment.

The manor house consists of chronologically-developed sections: the oldest brickfoundation southern portion of the house, where the chimneys, cellar and rock foundation are believed to be original late seventeenth-century construction. The framed-upper two-level renovation atop it has been dated dendrochronologically to 1820, and similarly the north end brick two-story with high-ceilinged cellar dates to 1830. A 1910 addition added what is now a modern kitchen and other rooms.
Archeological finds from the yards, including ornate silver shoe buckles, appear to date back to the late 17th century. Across its history the inhabitants of Mahockney have been relatively wealthy farmers, leading political figures in Virginia, major
slaveholders until the Civil War, and in more recent years were recognized agricultural innovators. The earliest photograph found, circa 1898, reveals a working-farm manor
house and surrounding grounds nearly identical to today.

The human story of Mahockney mirrors the nation’s history, from its lamentable slave-holding plantation roots to its revolutionary zeal and triumph. In the turbulent period of America’s revolutionary birth, from 1751 to 1794 Mahockney had an
unbroken line of elite Virginia political figures as owners/residents:
- Early Revolutionary leader William Roane, who served in the House of
Burgesses with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry;
- William’s son Spencer Roane, known as “The father of states’ rights,” who served in the post-revolutionary House of Delegates and State Senate, was sonin-law of Patrick Henry, and served two decades on the Virginia Supreme Court where he soon became Chief Justice;
- Spencer’s son William H. Roane, himself elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and later to the U.S. Senate.

To embody the story of this special property, which George Washington himself recorded visiting three times in his diary, today the gardens at Mahockney include a five-acre sculpture garden along the long entry drive, created over the past decade to commemorate several notable people and periods from its illustrious past. A hilltop garden folly with bench and ancient urn are in honor of Dr. Mark Bannerman, Mahockney owner who died here in 1727 after an early swashbuckling life of Jacobite
rebellion and a later life here writing poetry extolling “Virginia so faire,” and having his verse published in Scotland. The Bannerman garden vista overlooks “Mahock,” a unique large metal sculpture by a Kilmarnock artist, who created a sleek evocation of the original Indian tribe whose encounters and clashes with colonial settlers were vividly chronicled in early days, giving the property its name originally. A third sculptural centerpiece near the house is a large iron armillary by a Richmond artist, set into a brick-laid sundial patio as a tribute to the seafaring pioneer settlers of this plantation and the new America.

 
Property Description
Your opportunity to "Be Part of the Story” at Mahockney manor house, and its 48 acres of idyllic Essex County farmland. Circa 1671/1820/1910, this colonial home embodies 350 years of American history with true architectural and historical significance. Gated pillars announce the long private road. Ancient sycamores adorn the circular driveway. A broad country porch greets each unobstructed sunrise. Enter a wide book-lined center hall with hand-carved archway. Original heart pine floors in all directions. To the left, the study with original fireplace and woodworking, the main "public” room visited by Patrick Henry and George Washington. To the right the parlor, with original 9-over-6 bubble glass windows and fireplace. Down the hall the owner's suite, currently used as a music room, with attached full bath and copper soaking tub. A formal dining room leads to a gourmet kitchen with pantry, and a full-length screened porch overlooking a garden fountain and fenced horse pasture with barn. Upstairs are two BR and full bath. Don’t miss the 1.5 miles of trails and 7-acre pond completing this peaceful refuge. You can write its next chapter. Visit www.mahockney.org for more of the story.

Last Updated: September 23, 2021
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