Accokeek (plantation)

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Coordinates: 38°28′3″N 77°30′28″W / 38.46750°N 77.50778°W / 38.46750; -77.50778 Accokeek was a 17th-century plantation on Accokeek Creek in Stafford County, Virginia, United States. Accokeek was the first seat of the prominent Mason political family in Virginia.

History[edit]

In 1653, the tract of land that would become Accokeek was granted to John Withers, who then sold it to Colonel Valentine Peyton.[1] In 1662, Peyton sold the tract, along with 500 contiguous acres (2.0 km2) granted to Peyton, to Captain George Mason I.[1] George Mason I (5 June 1629–1686),[2][3] the progenitor of the prominent American landholding and political Mason family, made his permanent residence along Accokeek Creek on a hill between present-day State Routes 608 (Brooke Road) and 621 (Marlborough Point Road) in Stafford County, Virginia.[4] He christened his plantation "Accokeek," which was later renamed "Rose Hill."[4] Mason's Accokeek plantation began with approximately 650 acres (2.6 km2) and eventually increased in size to 1,150 acres (4.7 km2).[4]

George Mason I's son George Mason II was born in 1660 at Accokeek.[4] George Mason II sold Accokeek after his father's death and relocated to Chopawamsic plantation on Chopawamsic Creek.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b USGenWeb Stafford County, Virginia. "Mercer Land Book, (Stafford County, VA) William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3". USGenWeb Stafford County, Virginia. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ Gunston Hall. "George Mason I". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  3. ^ French Family Association (2008). "Children of Dennis French, A.2". French Family Association. Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Lee Woolf (2002-04-07). "George Mason gets memorial in D.C.". The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company. Retrieved 2009-03-22.