Brandon Plantation

AJ Belongia

Chester, VA, United States

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Brandon is located on the south shore of the James River in present-day Prince George County, Virginia. It has an unusual brick mansion in style of Palladio’s “Roman Country House” completed in the 1760s, and was perhaps designed by Thomas Jefferson.

It was established by Captain John Martin, one of the original leaders of the Virginia Colony at Jamestown in 1607. In 1637, merchants John Sadler and Richard Quiney and mariner William Barber, bought Brandon. They and their heirs farmed it successfully until 1720 when it was sold to Nathaniel Harrison (1677-1727). (Richard Quiney’s brother Thomas was married to William Shakespeare’s daughter Judith).

Brandon Plantation remained in the Harrison family until 1926, when it was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Daniel. The Daniels undertook the restoration of the house and grounds.

It is one of America’s oldest continuous farming operations dating back to 1607.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, and was further declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1985.

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