History

Ideally situated at the head of the Severn River in Gloucester County, the manor house at Warner Hall stands on a neck of land that has been occupied and built upon continually from the mid-17th century. Referred to as “Austin’s Desire” in the 1642-land patent, the original six hundred-acre plantation site was established by Augustine Warner as a “land grant” from the British Crown. Augustine Warner received the acreage in exchange for bringing twelve settlers across the Atlantic Ocean to the Jamestown Settlement, a colony desperately in need of manpower to survive in the New World.

The two families associated with the property from this early period until well into the 19th century, the Warners and the Lewises, were among the most prominent families in Colonial Virginia. Over the years, Warner Hall Plantation thrived, as did the descendants of Augustine Warner. Some of the most recognized names in American history are direct descendents of Augustine Warner – George Washington, the first president of the United States, Robert E. Lee, the most famous Civil War General and Captain Meriwether Lewis, renowned American explorer of the Lewis & Clark expedition. George Washington was a frequent visitor to his grandparent’s plantation.

Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch of England, is a direct descendent of Augustine Warner through the Bowes-Lyon family and the Earl of Strathmore. In England, Warner Hall is referred to as “The home of the Queen’s American ancestors”.

Warner Hall is also significant for the part it played in the drama of Bacon’s rebellion, one of the most important events in early Virginia history. After leading a 1676 rebellion against the British governor and burning Jamestown, Bacon retreated to Warner Hall Plantation. At the time, Augustine Warner II, who was Speaker of the House of Burgesses and a member of the King’s Council, was in residence and very likely agitated that his plantation was taken over by opponents of the Crown.

Today, Warner Hall consists of a Colonial Revival manor house (circa 1900) which was rebuilt on the earlier 17th and 18th century foundation. Like the previous structures at Warner Hall, all of which indicated the prominence of their owners, the Colonial Revival core is a grand architectural gesture. The original 17th century west wing dependency (the plantation schoolroom and tutor’s quarters) has been completely restored and offers a rare glimpse into the past. Historic outbuildings include 18th century brick stables, a dairy barn and smokehouse. The Warner-Lewis family graveyard, maintained by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, offers a remarkable collection of 17th and 18th century tombstones.

    • Warner Hall RESTAURANT Month!

      Calling all epicureans to the table!

      Book a two-night reservation at the Inn at Warner Hall for a stay during the month of March 2020 and we’ll give you a $50 gift card to taste a sampling of our area cuisine.

      Fresh Seafood, Meats, Vegetarian…we have it all within easy reach.

      American Bistro, BBQ, Asian, Italian, French, German, Mexican, Vegetarian, Gourmet Pizza, Home-made Ice Creams, Bakery Treats…savor the many delicious offerings our extended culinary community has to offer!

      Ask Innkeepers Troy and Theresa for their recommendations!

      *Offer good on new reservations only – limit, one gift card per room reservation.

      Photo by Sara Harris Photography of Waypoint Seafood & Grill.

    • Gloucester Village Daffodil Mural

      Signs of Spring and Dancing Daffodils!

      Hope Springs Eternal!

      Celebrate the first signs of Spring at the 34th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival (April 3-6, 2020).

      Check out the awards for the best blooms at the Daffodil Show. Stroll down Main Street and enjoy the crafts, tastes and sounds of our charming Gloucester Village Festival. Visit internationally acclaimed Brent & Becky’s Bulbs and bring home a variety of ideas and world class bulbs to plant in your own yard.

      No green thumb? No worries! The Festival’s Main Street vendors and Brent & Becky’s Bulbs have all sorts of crafts, original artwork, jewelry, garden inspired gifts and goodies to inspire your stay! How can we make the weekend more enjoyable? How about a $50 gift card to spend as you choose???

      *Offer good on new reservations only – limit, one gift card per room reservation.

      Photo by Sara Harris Photography of the daffodil mural on Gloucester Main Street.

    • May the Winds Always be at Your Back! Area Driving Tours!

      It’s no secret that the comfort and natural beauty of the Inn at Warner Hall sometimes makes it hard to leave! But for those of you who want to explore the area and the local open roads – there is plenty of adventure within easy driving distance.

      Interested in History, Churches, Lighthouses, Country Stores, Antiques, Wineries and Beaches? We’ll help you map out a great adventure!

      Rev up your engines for this one ‘cause for each two-night stay with us during the month of May 2020, we’ll help you get fueled up for your unique driving adventure with a $25 Phillips Energy gas card!

      *Offer good on new reservations only.

    • Historic Garden Week in Virginia 2020

      April 18-25, 2020

      Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.”

      This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Coming to Virginia’s Historic Garden Week? Stay with us at the Inn at Warner Hall.

      On the Middle Peninsula, where Warner Hall is located, the Historic Garden Tour will feature locations in Mathews, Virginia, a short drive from the Inn, on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about this annual celebration of spring and heritage in the Commonwealth here.

    • Celebrate the Arts! Gloucester Arts Festival 2020!

      If you love the arts as much as we do, you’re going to want to move into the Inn at Warner Hall for the month of June 2020!

      O.K….it might be tough to take the whole month off, but we’ll make it easy for you to experience the Gloucester Arts Festival and book a three day stay at the Inn by giving you $100 off your third night!

      The Gloucester Arts Festival kicks off in June 2020 and will include a juried Art show at the Arts On Main Gallery, performances by the Virginia Symphony – Under the Stars, a bluegrass concert, an opera, jazz and military band performances and a visit from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts art mobile.

      Visit the Gloucester Arts Festival online here to learn more about this annual event and to make your plans to stay with us!

      Photo of the Virginia Symphony on Gloucester Main Street by Sara Harris Photography.

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    • There’s no doubt, it makes our day to know that keeping Warner Hall and its history alive for all to enjoy is so meaningful to all, from the descendants of the great men and women who lived here to the guests who lodge here. We recently received this lovely note of thanks and had to […]

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    • Warner Hall Christmas

      A Colonial Christmas Celebration at Warner Hall for CHKD

      The Ware River Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons will host their 30th annual Christmas Open House – A Colonial Christmas Celebration – at the Inn at Warner Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. The event benefits the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, local charities and the Ronald McDonald House. Tickets are $30 […]

    • Gloucester Main Street Bank Building

      Gloucester Main Street Re-Visioning Iconic Bank Building

      Restoring iconic buildings and breathing new life into them is, as you know, something that the Inn at Warner Hall greatly values. It’s our responsibility to preserve our past, and at the same time, grow into the future to build stronger communities. That’s why Innkeeper Theresa Stavens is honored to serve on the Feasibility Oversight […]

    • Summer and Fall 2018 Lodging Specials and Event at the Inn at Warner Hall

      Make your reservations online to qualify for these SUPER SPECIALS and BASK IN THE SUMMER AND FALL BENEFITS of a visit to Warner Hall! Please note that all applicable price adjustments will be made by the Innkeepers as reservations requests are made and accepted. Great Gloucester! – Now through Dec. 15, 2018 Spend three nights […]

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