Sunday, December 31, 2006
This morning's Seattle Times has this story about the sale of Carter's Grove Plantation near Williamsburg. It has closed because of declining attendance and is now going on the market. It will likely go into private hands. The story talks about other historic homes (like Robert E. Lee's boyhood home in Arlington), which have also recently gone into private hands.
Here's a sample from the article, about the debate over whether sale of historic homes helps preservation:
In an escalating debate, some preservation experts argue that the best way to save the nation's most precarious historic houses may be to sell them to those who can afford to restore them, or at least keep them up, as private residences. If you look around the country, this isn't a problem, it's the problem," said Douglas Horne, a preservation consultant who advised Williamsburg on its decision to sell Carter's Grove.
The article says that although the plantation "will be protected by easements to prohibit subdivision, there will be no requirement that Carter's Grove be open to the public." Sounds like the makings of a lesson in property class on the use of covenants and maybe the origins of a class on historic preservation.
More on Carter's Grove, including some stunning pictures, available here.
Alfred L. Brophy
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