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Eyre Hall, Northampton Co., VA; built 1775
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: May 17, 2005 at 15:50:07
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I am not researching this family, just entering information from one of my books, "Houses Virginians Have Loved" by Agnes Rothery, 1954:

"Eyre Hall, although it dates from 1775, is not the oldest of the great houses, but it typifies many of their characteristics and attractive features, besides having the distinction of having been kept in the same family and in loving repair since it was built." (photograph)

"Severn Eyre, whose portrait by the younger Hesselius hangs over the mantel in the parlor, with a signed copy by Sully in the library.....died in 1773." The present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Henry DuPont Baldwin; she is a descendant of Severn Eyre.

One of Severn's descendants brought his 16 year old bride here from Baltimore. She was homesick so her husband brought her a pair of roller skates in which she skated up and down the wide hall. She died within a year of giving birth to a child. The skates are still kept in a cupboard. "The house has a garden to which the public is always welcome." (1954)


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