Historic House Listings

Wow. “Green Plains”, Circa 1798! On 617 waterfront acres in VA. $5,400,000

March 27, 2019

This sure would be amazing to own! It has two miles of pristine shoreline! Green Plains was built in 1798 and owned by several prominent families. It is located on 617 acres in Mathews, Virginia. It is situated in the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and within 30 miles of Williamsburg.

The mansion was built in the late 1700’s and is approximately 7,000 square feet. The property has a deep water pier that will hold any size boat or yacht. Not only is there the mansion, but there are five cape cod bungalows on the property as well. There is also an equestrian barn with 15 stalls and there is one hay barn.

Green Plains has a diverse terrain and is an annual stopover for waterfowl along the Atlantic Flyway. I never even knew there was such a thing! There are scalloped walls that enclose the expansive gardens and orchard on the property. The gardens reportedly have the largest pecan tree in the United States. This property was once owned by the venerable Cabot family and was once listed for $22.0 million and later for $12.0 million. Makes the current asking price seem like a steal! $5,400,000

From the Zillow listing:


Green Plains is a historic 617-acre waterfront estate dating back to 1798. It is located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, within 30 miles of America’s Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown). The mansion house, built in the late 1700s or very early 1800s, is approximately 7,000 square feet (square footage is an estimate by owner, to be verified by buyer) and sits on over 2 miles of pristine water frontage with deep water, perfect for boating. Private long pier will accommodate just about any size boat. The main house is accompanied by five charming Cape Cod bungalows. One equestrian barn and one hay barn with 15 flexible stalls, perfect for equestrian use, are part of this sale. With a diverse terrain of woods, pasture, hay meadows, and tidal wetlands, Green Plains serves as an annual stopover for waterfowl along the Atlantic Flyway. Its historic scalloped walls enclose an acre of gardens and orchards, including what is reputed to be the largest pecan tree in the United States. This grand estate, previously owned by the famous Cabot Family, was listed as high as $22 million and last listed at $12 million.

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