Virginia Historic Landmark
Upper Wolfsnare home on July 4, 2012
|Location||2040 Potter's Road, E of jct. of Rtes. 635 and 632, Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Area||3 acres (1.2 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||75002119|
|Added to NRHP||March 26, 1975|
Thomas III was a major in the British Army. His son, Thomas Walke IV, was a member of the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788, which voted to ratify the United States Constitution. Walke IV was one of two representatives from Princess Anne County.
The first Thomas Walke (I) settled in this area in 1662 from Barbados and began a trade business between the Virginia colony and Barbados, a trade which likely involved rum and slavery. He had strong connections with William Byrd I. Thomas Walke III died in 1761 and left his son the then-7,000 acres (2,800 ha) plantation and 55 slaves. In 1783 Thomas Walke IV petitioned to reclaim slaves taken by the British during the American Revolution. Some of those slaves made their way to Nova Scotia. Thomas IV was a Whig, whereas Princess Anne County was mostly Loyalists.
The property stayed in the Walke family until 1822, was 300 acres (120 ha) at the time, then changed hands many times. Currently it has about 3 acres (1.2 ha) and has been owned by the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historic Society since 1966. It is still lived in.
The house is open for tour on a limited basis in the summer.
Location and architecture
The house acquired its name because of its location next to Wolf Snare Creek, on the south side of its upper part. The house sits in a high noise area between Naval Air Station Oceana and Interstate 264. It was almost knocked down to make room for an access ramp for the interstate, but preservationists managed to save the property.
The lane to the house at 2040 Potter's Road is lined by many trees, including crepe myrtles. The house is open to the public on a very limited basis. The view of the house is mostly obscured by trees from Potter's Road but beyond the trees it is an open, flat, marshy, area.
The house is in two stories and built with Flemish bond brickwork. A passage runs through the center of the house. It has raised paneling and wainscoting. The house was listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register (Virginia Historic Landmark) in 1974 and the US National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register * National Register of Historic Places" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. March 26, 1975. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Probably one of Thomas Walke III's houses described as in the process of being built in his will written in 1759 (Virginia Landmarks Register * National Register of Historic Places, 1975).
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- "Virginia Landmarks Register * National Register of Historic Places" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- Hatfield, April Lee (2003). Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 978-0-8122-3757-3.
- Kellam, Sadie Scott; Kellam, V. Hope (1931). Old Houses in Princess Anne Virginia. Portsmouth, VA: Printcraft Press.
- Owens, Patrice (September 22, 1972). "Wolfsnare Gets Lease on Life". The Virginian Pilot.
- Upper Wolfsnare - Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
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