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Subject: [LOVETT] Fwd: Lancaster Lovett Family Homes in Virginia.
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 17:24:00 -0800 (PST)

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Subject: Lancaster Lovett Family Homes in Virginia.
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 17:29:19 -0800




(Abridged, Online Edition)

C. W. TAZEWELL, Editor


Virginia Beach VA 23466

BRICKS AND MORTAR: What's Left in Old Princess Anne County

& New Virginia Beach

(Only includes buildings as listed in the Inventory)

C. W. Tazewell (1917- ), Editor

Complete, printed version:

ISBN 1-878515-99-3, LCCN 93-71162

Copyright @ 1993 C. W. Tazewell

This abridged online version: ISBN 1-57000-049-2

Printed abridged version; pocket size:

ISBN 1-57000-031-X

Printed extract (descriptive historical text only);

does not include inventory: ISBN 1-57000-032-8

A handbook on old buildings in Virginia Beach,

Virginia, for the general public, and also of special

interest for historians, architects, librarians and

realtors. Descriptions and locations are included with

architectural and physical details. It lists over 135

significant buildings. Information is given on structures

now on the Virginia and National Landmark Registers as well

as those recommended for nomination by the Frazier Report.

The selections included in this publication are from

"City of Virginia Beach Inventory of Historic Buildings and

Sites, As of July 1, 1989, By Age and Location," prepared by

The Office of Research and Strategic Analysis of the City of

Virginia Beach, March, 1990.

The other significant reference is: Reconnaissance

Architectural Survey Report: City of Virginia Beach.

Staunton, Va.: Frazier Associates, 1992, which includes

photographs and extensive historical background.

Also, see Virginia Beach Vibes: More People and Hogs.

THE EDITOR: Lt. Col. Calvert Walke ("Bill") Tazewell

retired over 33 years ago as a Regular Officer of the United

States Air Force in which he was a communications-

electronics manager and meteorologist. Since retirement he

has been active with historical, library, environmental,

consumer, civil defense, amateur radio, and youth

organizations. He has over 15 years experience with

microcomputers. He was the organizer and first chairman of

a library system now serving a million people. He was

founder and first president of the Virginia History

Federation, and of the present Norfolk Historical Society

(now honorary president and life member of the latter). He

is a writer, historian and publisher. He is listed in

various U.S. and British biographical publications, and in

Who's Who In The World, 11th Edition, 1992-3. He was raised

in Norfolk, Virginia, and attended Norfolk Academy and Maury

High School.

GREEN HILL FARM - Lovett's Farm Road (Lynnhaven). The main

house was built by Lancaster Lovett prior to 1738. There is

a date of 1791 incised in a brick on the north wall, but it

is thought that this date was added when the roof was raised

and replaced, probably by Lemuel Cornick who owned it then.

Different owners further enlarged and improved it, making it

a magnificent house with a beautiful setting overlooking

Broad Bay.

This Georgian House originally consisted of four rooms,

two up and two down, each off a central hallway, and a large

cellar. The rooms on both the first and second floors have

high ceilings, decorative cornices, deeply recessed windows,

and attractive mantels. Both of the halls and the upper

part of the stairway have been altered. The brick wall

around the chimney has also been redone. A whole new

structure of rafters was installed to support a new gable

roof, thus altering the pitch of the roof. Near the roof

line on each side of the chimney, under both gables, are

little round windows which are not usually found in Georgian

homes. Yet all of these changes have not obliterated the

original charm of Green Hill.

One of the original outbuildings is still standing in

the east yard. It was once used as a kitchen but was

originally built by John Stratton circa 1638 and may have

been the first structure on the property. Of English Bond

brick, it has two rooms downstairs and a loft above. The

brick was recently plastered over and painted, but the two

unusual outside doors remain. John Stratton's land grant

was for many acres along the south shore of present Long

Creek and Broad Bay. Long Creek was then known as

"Stratton's Creek." A city map dated 1919 shows Stratton's

Creek running from the Lynnhaven River all the was to the


LOVETT (THOMAS) HOUSE - 2402 Holland Road (Princess Anne).

Thomas Lovett built this house sometime before he died in

1790. He willed it to his eldest son Thomas, and the

remainder of the estate to his sons Randolph and Reuben.

Evidently, there was some sort of family quarrel over the

division for Reuben changed the spelling of his name to


This house has been added to at least twice. The

oldest part is the room to the right with its door on the

left. Behind this room was added a ballroom at one time.

The additions have been carefully done to retain the flavor

of this Dutch gambrel house of two stories with double

chimneys on the west side and one chimney on the east.

The first Thomas Lovett was here in 1663 for in that

year as "under sheriff" he presented the Court with names of

Quakers who had been at a meeting contrary to the law, which

forbade the assembly of Quakers.

LOVETT'S LANDING (Pungo). This boat house was built in the

early 1930s and is still used as a boat house today. The

building is utilitarian with narrow wood ceiling and

panelling. It sits partly on the land and partly on the

water. This is a remaining example of boat houses that were

used for boat rentals to hunters while on Shipp's Bay.

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