A Brief History of Warner Hall Plantation

In the winter of 1642, Augustine Warner I arrived in Jamestown with twelve new settlers for the Virginia Colonies. For bringing these colonists to the new frontier, Warner was given a “head Grant” of 600 acres in Gloucester, Virginia. He eventually expanded his acreage at his new plantation, WARNER HALL, to several thousand acres prior to his death in 1674.

During his life he was Justice of York, Justice of Gloucester, and a member of the King’s Council in Virginia.  Augustine Warner was the great, great grandfather of George Washington, and an ancestor of Robert E. Lee. Queen Elizabeth II is a direct descendant of Augustine Warner I through the Bowes-Lyon family and the Earl of Strathmore. Warner Hall is referred to as the home of the Queen’s American ancestors.

Augustine Warner II (1642 – 1681) inherited Warner Hall upon the death of his father in 1674, and further developed the plantation house and property. Augustine Warner II, like his father, was a member of the King’s Council and also served as Speaker of The House of Burgesses in Williamsburg. Augustine Warner II (1642-1681) inherited Warner Hall upon the death of his father in 1674, and further developed the plantation house and property.

Augustine Warner II died at the age of 39 on June 19, 1681, predeceasing his wife,  Mildred Reade Warner, who he had married by 1666.

In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon came to Gloucester after burning Jamestown and made Warner Hall his headquarters.  It was at Warner Hall that Bacon invited the “Oath of Fidelity” of his fellow countrymen.

All of Augustine Warner II ‘s sons died young and when Augustine himself died in 1681 at the age of 39, he left three daughters, Mary, Mildred and Elizabeth. Mary went on to marry John Smith, of Purton, on the York, and their son, Augustine Smith was said to have been one of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe who accompanied Governor Spotswood on his famous expedition across the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1716.

Mildred Warner married Lawrence Washington and their son, Augustine, married Mary Ball. Augustine and Mary became the proud parents of George Washington, who was named after his great-grandfather, George Reade, founder of Yorktown. Perhaps the most recognized patriot in American history, General George Washington led the Colonies to independence from the British in the Revolution of 1776.  General George Washington continued his role as a great patriot in 1789 and become the first President of the United States of America. In a famous funeral phrase, Henry Lee declared that Washington was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Elizabeth, the third daughter of Augustine Warner II, became the wife of John Lewis and inherited Warner Hall.  Their son, John Lewis II (1702-1754) was a member of His Majesty’s Council, and was prominent in Gloucester County. The Lewis Family occupied Warner Hall for generations and members of the family immigrated to all parts of the United States. Lewis family descendants built a number of important Virginia homes including Belle Farm, Eagle Point, Abingdon and Severn Hall. Colonel Fielding Lewis of Belle Farm, was the grandson of Elizabeth and John Lewis.  Col. Lewis was married twice, first to Catherine Washington, and after her death, to Elizabeth (Betty) Washington, sister of George. One of Fredericksburg’s most beautiful and historic homes, Kenmore, was built by Fielding Lewis for his wife Betty.

As the Warner – Lewis family grew over the years so did the size of the house. From the time of Augustine Warner II, to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Lewis, the family and plantation prospered.  Warner Hall came to consist of a large center structure with two separate detached brick dependencies. The east building was the plantation kitchen and laundry, and the west building was the tutor’s quarters, plantation schoolroom and shipping office.

In 1740, a fire destroyed the original 17th century Warner home, but the Lewis family rebuilt their residence on the same foundations. The property remained in the Lewis family until the 1830’s. In 1849, the center section of the original Lewis house suffered a devastating fire, leaving the two brick east and west dependencies and out buildings. Before the turn of the century, the Cheney family acquired the property and built the present wood-framed Colonial Revival mansion that was popular in that era, on the original foundation and of the same floor plan as the Lewis house.

Listed by both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, The Inn at Warner Hall continues to be of major architectural and genealogical significance in American history. Warner Hall has long been considered one of the premier properties in the Virginia Tidewater area. The property is located 3 ½ miles from U.S. Route 17, and Colonial Williamsburg and the Hampton Roads area are just 30 minutes away. The State capital of Richmond and the Norfolk Harbor are approximately a one hour drive.

    • Battle of the Hook

      MEET THE REVOLUTIONARIES! APRIL 2018!

      April 13 – 15, 2018

      Attention all history lovers! Lodging guests will be treated to a taste of living history the weekend of April 13 – 15, 2018. Meet Col. Warner Lewis and his wife, Eleanor Bowles Gooch Lewis (in residence at Warner Hall from 1754 – 1783) on Friday, April 13 for a private reception with the patriots of the 7th Virginia Regiment.

      Mingle with the reenactors from 5:30 – 7pm while enjoying light colonial fare, libations and period music. Experience Revolutionary War camp life and skirmishes on the grounds of the Inn on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 2pm.

      Limited lodging rooms available. Find your room now and book your stay online here.

    • Historic Garden Week Virginia Guidebook

      GLOUCESTER – MATHEWS GARDEN TOUR 2018

      April 20 – 23, 2018 

      Get a beautiful start to Historic Garden Week in Virginia here at the Inn at Warner Hall! Book the room of your choice for the weekend and receive TWO FREE tickets (a $60 value) for the Saturday, April 21 Gloucester Mathews Garden Tour! The homes and gardens of Auburn Plantation, Dunham Massie Farm and Cottage Point are not to be missed!

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    • Juan's Mexican Cafe and Cantina Food

      CINCO DE MAYO 2018

      May 4-6, 2018

      Book your two-night stay at the Inn at Warner Hall and celebrate Cinco de Mayo whenever you wish with a $25 gift certificate to Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, one of our favorite local Mexican Restaurants!

      Find your favorite available room here and book online!

      Photo by Sara Harris Photography for Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina.

    • Celebrate a “Special Occasion”

      A professionally arranged bouquet of gorgeous seasonal flowers, or a dozen roses with assorted greenery and keepsake vase, paired with a bottle of Chandon Champagne, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Bailey’s White Chocolate Mousse Cups, all enjoyed in the privacy of your room will make the occasion not only “Special” but, “Simply Divine….”

      Advance Notice required (72 hours suggested)
      $99 including tax

    • Honeymoon and Anniversary Special

      What better way to celebrate your lives together than spending three nights surrounded in Warner Hall luxury and getting 50% discount for your third night! Visit the Inn at Warner Hall within two months of your actual anniversary or wedding date and enjoy a wonderful environment in which to spend time together. Add a “Special Occasions Package” and really make it a celebration! But be prepared to keep it fun and exciting! There will be a surprise “Dating Game” quiz to verify dates of engagement, marriage, most romantic moment shared, etc. etc….Match all the questions and win a bottle of Champagne!

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    • We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

    • The Essential Getaway

      We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warm, Southern Hospitality

      Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving at Warner Hall

      Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

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