5123 Old Virginia Street, Urbanna, Middlesex Co., Virginia
Built circa 1740, for Christopher Robinson III (1705-1768) and his first wife Mary Berkeley (b.1711). It is assumed that he replaced the original house known as "The Grange" that had been built here in 1678 by his grandfather, Colonel Christopher Robinson (1645-1693). However, another opinion is that the house as it is seen today was built or significantly enlarged by Christopher III's daughter, Mrs Elizabeth Steptoe (1756-1832), who inherited the property from her only brother in 1784....
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It was Christopher Robinson III who named the plantation "Hewick" for the 9000-acre Manor of Hewick in England which he inherited via his great-uncle, John Robinson, Lord Privy Seal and Lord Bishop of London, and then sold for £17,000 to Sir Fletcher Norton (afterwards Lord Grantley). The Hewick Plantation remained in the Robinson family, passing through the Steptoe and Christian families certainly up until the late 1800s. Today, it is still privately owned and is a popular weddings and events venue.
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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 18/11/2018 and last updated on 20/02/2021.
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