By Troy Stavens
The history of Warner Hall is unique. There is no other spot in the world that can tie George Washington, the father of our country, Queen Elizabeth II, the current Queen of England, Robert E. Lee, of Civil War fame, and Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark.
They all are direct descendants of the Warner and Lewis clans of Warner Hall.
We know George Washington visited as a young boy, allegedly learning to waltz in the ball room, which we now call the parlor. He came here as General of the Revolutionary Army and during his first term as President. He spent New Year’s here. He brought his Secretary of State with him – they called him TJ, perhaps you know him as the father of the Declaration of Independence. Yes. That’s Thomas Jefferson.
We’ve invited Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry to visit.
We do know Robert E. Lee rode these grounds with old Traveler after the Civil War.
It’s a very good history.
As is the more common day history. In the hallway just off the front door hangs a picture of Abe Lincoln. History tells us Abe Lincoln did the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope on a train to Gettysburg in 12 and a half minutes.
At my 40th birthday party, John Pleasants, a 1950 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, came up with this poem after three martinis on the back of a bar napkin in eight and a half minutes. So anytime he walks by Honest Abe he says, “I have you beat by four minutes.”
My history is old Norwegian, so it only took me eight months to memorize it. It’s three sonnets. It’s called Warner Hall and goes something like this.
In easternmost Virginia one can find a favored spot,
That time with all its ravages apparently forgot,
The echoes of Virginia’s past extend their haunting call,
And greet you from the entrances of stately Warner Hall.
There see the massive mansion with its drive-encircled lawn,
So ghostly in the moonlight, so glowing in the dawn!
And feel the soothing ambiance that welcomes one and all,
Which emanates forever from the bricks of Warner Hall!
I’ve traveled widely o’er the earth, from Greece to far Japan,
And seen the treasures of this world as much as any man,
I’ve tasted pleasures here and there, but none that I recall,
Have soothed my southern spirit like the sight of Warner Hall!
It’s time to Reconnect, Restore and Rejuvenate!
And there’s no better place….
Than the wide-open space…
Of beautiful Warner Hall!
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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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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 […]
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 […]