January 24, 2012

The Historic Manor in Glebe Harbor

In Westmoreland County, VA

I believe this is "The Glebe" mentioned on a historical marker in Mt. Holly. The marker describes it as "the home of the rectors of Cople Parish, one of whom, Walter Jones, married Washington’s parents, March 6, 1781. Here lived Thomas Smith, rector of the parish, 1764–1799... He entertained Washington, May 25, 1771. The house is possibly the oldest in the Northern Neck."

Some years back this home was for sale. I regret that we didn't tour it at that time, but it was out of our price range. It is situated on the Lower Machodoc Creek not far from the property we own in Glebe Harbor.

In Colonial Times it was common for a church to own a large tract of property called a Glebe which existed to support the church through farming or leasing. Thus we run into the name "Glebe" throughout Virginia. The business of supporting a church by these lands ended in 1802 when the Virginia passed the Glebe Act which authorized officials in each county to seize and sell church farmland acquired prior to 1777.


  1. I grew up near this house and was family friends with the owners. I have spent many a day playing in and around this house in the 70's and 80's. My last visit to my family friends was in 2009.

    It is the greatest house in The Northen Neck.

    Marcel Groot

  2. The architecture looks really interesting. I wonder why the windows on one side are not lined up over each other like they are on the other side?

  3. Trust me, this house is most definitely haunted; as is my brother's home "The Mother In Law House" across the lawn.

  4. Haunted? That sparked my interest so I found an old article that says an upstairs bedroom was haunted. See http://jwm.stparchive.com/Archive/JWM/JWM11071990P11.php

  5. I grew up right next door to the Glebe. We always thought it was haunted. We would play in the yard of the mansion all the time when we were younger. we would hear strange noises from the house from time to time and we all claimed to hear something strange one time and looked up and saw the face of an Indian woman, which rumors say she was hit by lightning standing in the window of the house.

  6. Thanks for the story! It's fun to see this as haunted, as long as you don't have to stay there during a thunderstorm or something.

  7. Hello,
    My family owned the house in the 80's and 90's and we know the people that live there now. As a kid I would stay there over the summer and i would hear all the stories of how the captain owned the house and there were ghosts there. I'll tell you being a 8 y/o boy in a house that size it is very spooky and very cool to explore. I certainly would love to take my family to go visit the house again at some point in time to revisit some childhood memories.

  8. I spent a week there once as a kid in ‘76. My father was a banker from the Midwest and was a friend with the owner (?) or perhaps he was a member of the partnership developing the land nearby. Don’t exactly recall. My brother and I slept in an upstairs bedroom that to us resembled the interior of ship with beautiful horizontal stained woodwork. Interestingly, inside one of the downstairs fireplaces is a ledge capable of holding several people. We were told it was used to hide in the event of an Indian attack. Perhaps he was pandering to childhood naivety, but to us kids it was COOL.
    Someone mentioned the house being haunted. My parents to this day swear to the following experience one night. When my mother retired for the evening, she placed her purse securely on a clothes dresser where it couldn’t fall if the contents shifted. They were awoken in the middle of the night by a very loud noise. When they turned on the light that was sitting on a nightstand by the bed, they saw the purse on the floor. To this day they both swear there was no way the purse could have accidentally fallen, as it was far enough back on the dresser. Also, they say it wasn’t the sound of a purse simply falling, but moreso that it was forcefully THROWN onto the floor.
    I’m still skeptical. :)


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