Northampton County continues to provide amazing sites for the NHPS "Lectures on the Lawn" Series. More information about past lectures can be found on the "Past Lectures" tab at the top of this page. 2019 Lectures are featured below. Be sure to check this website should adverse weather conditions occur on the dates of the program.
Northampton Historic Preservation Society held a “Lecture on the
Lawn at Prospect Hill” on Sunday, November 10th. Prospect
Hill was part of a 1200-acre plantation belonging to Colonel William
Kendall in the late 1600s and then a 675-acre plantation in the 1800’s.
Mr. John W. Leatherbury built Prospect Hill around 1824. He was a
wealthy prominent merchant whose trading interests extended to the West
Indies and his activities included smuggling.
Prospect Hill has
been vacant for many years. The owners have graciously offered it for a lecture
on the lawn in its current, “as is” condition. Come to the lecture
to learn about John W. Leatherbury, the history of this land, the house, its
architectural features and the owners’ plan for restoration.
The Northampton Historic Preservation Society offered a “Lecture on the Lawn at Chatham” on October 13th. Chatham, a stately Federal-style house located on Church Creek, is celebrating its 200th birthday. Surrounded by almost 300 acres of land protected in The Virginia Land Trust, it was originally part of a land patent granted in 1640 and has been the home of only five families. Built by Brigadier General Pitts in 1818, a prominent citizen of Northampton County, it was attached to an earlier structure that now serves as a kitchen.
The house features a Federal-style, barrel-vault brick porch with limestone steps built on the footprint of an earlier porch. The ruin of the Quarters Kitchen now shelters a kitchen garden that is enclosed by old fencing and boxwood. Restoration began by the Wehner family in 1979, and a winery completes the property which has been a working farm for four centuries.
Dr. David Scott is generously donating his research notes for this lecture. They can be found at: Chatham Lecture.
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Town historian and NHPS board member
David Scott led the
Northampton Historic Preservation Society’s Guided Walking Tour of
Eastville this year. In
addition to a general informative overview of Eastville, he offered a
segment covering more houses on Willow Oak Road this year.
The walking tour started at the Court Green, one of the oldest in Virginia, where you can imagine how it looked at various times during its 300+ year history.
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