The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: October 21

WILLIAMSBURG, October 21, 1773.
To be SOLD, on Monday the 25th of this instant (October) to the highest bidder, before Mr. Southall's door, in Williamsburg, THE WELL KNOWN PLACE, P O R T O B E L L O, containing 319 acres, whereon is an exceeding fine orchard, and a variety of well chosen fruits. This place is convenient to the OYSTER ROCKS, and great plenty of fish and wild fowl may be had in their seasons. One third of the purchase money to be paid at Christmas, when possession will be given, another third in April 1774, and the last payment will be made agreeable to the purchaser, on giving bond and security to RACHEL DRUMMOND.

Virginia Gazette (Rind) October 21, 1773

About this entry:

Lord Dunmore, the last Royal Governor of Virginia was the purchaser of this estate. Tthe property was used as a summer home for his family to escape the heat of Williamsburg. It was located on the York River and Queen's Creek across from Williamsburg and was part of the property seized from Governor Dunmore in 1776. Auctions were frequently held in front of the Raleigh Tavern owned by "Mr. Southall".

Sources: WMQ

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