About Mahockney Plantation

This site is a collection of historical items related to Mahockney, a historic house and farm located on Mount Landing Creek in Essex County, in Virginia’s Tidewater region. The links on the left sidebar lead to chronologically-arranged stories, records, photographs, and other materials from Mahockney’s 350+ years.

One of the historic homes of Virginia –

still standing, still in private hands

The classic early colonial home at Mahockney Plantation, patented in 1663, stands at the center of 1,200 acres of farmland in Upper Mount Landing, Virginia, on Mount Landing Creek just three miles above the spot where it feeds into the Rappahannock River. That’s also the very spot where Capt. John Smith encountered the Rappahannock Indians on his initial 1608 exploration upriver from Jamestown. Today Mahockney remains a private home, restored and preserved as a remarkable tribute to more than three and a half centuries of American history.

The current structure consists of three sections: the brick-foundation frame southern portion of the house (on the left in photo), where at least the chimneys, basement, and foundation predate Bacon’s Rebellion of 1676 with battles nearby; on the north end a substantial brick two-story and high-ceilinged cellar (on the right); and third, a substantial addition behind, dating from the early part of the 20th Century. The grounds also feature several dependencies of the 19th century.

Mahockney in 1898

A Historical Timeline

Mahockney History Timeline

Mahockney and the Rappahannock River

Mahockney house bottom left, the farm and forest around it, Rappahannock River at top


1608-indian-map 

Why the Indian name “Mahockney”? The answer is a romantic treasure-hunt story of silver mines… Click here to learn more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Front

Click photo left to see recent archaeological finds from the grounds

 

aerial-view

 

 

For more on the architectural history and evidence click here.

Click here for more about the people who’ve lived at Mahockney.

 

6 thoughts on “About Mahockney Plantation”

  1. Karen Barber Blackburn said:

    Such an interesting read, what a privilege to live in such a place Kathy…and I know it couldn’t be in better hands. You are to be congratulated!

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  2. Miles Turpin said:

    Lewis, you’ve done such a beautiful job on the site, as well as the research.
    Miles

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    • Miles, that is certainly high praise, especially from you, thank you my friend. I hope all is well in your world, and that you’ll come visit the real (non-virtual) site sometime!

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  3. I’m a black american and wonder if this is the family who owned by ancestors. I my brother, father, and grandfather have the name Robert Tomlin . My grandfather got married in Fayette, Georgia in 1849.

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    • Hi Ms. Merriweather – Thanks for the comment last month (and apologies for not seeing it until just now). Good question! I wish I had more old records of the African-Americans who lived here… There’s certainly a chance, as the Tomlins owned Mahockney (with many slaves) for about half-a-century. I’ve just posted some more information at this page which you might find helpful: https://mahockney.org/who-lived-here/.

      Very best regards and Happy Thanksgiving! -lewis shepherd

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