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Green Spring Plantation, Newspaper Advertisement

For rent or lease, the estate of Greenspring in James City County, situate about a mile above Jamestown on James River and about seven miles from Williamsburg. On the premises are an excellent mansion, outhouses, and fine orchards. The land is cultivation good and an extensive range for hogs. J. M. McCandlish, who at present resides at Greenspring, will show the premises. It will be leased or rented on very reasonable terms to a respectable tenant, by applying to Gawin Corbin, esq., King’s Creek, York River. There are about 60 acres, put down in wheat last fall, and there is a cuficiency of ground in cultivation for an extensive crop of corn and oats the ensuing season. Possession will be given immediately.


Printed in the 12 February 1813 issue of the Richmond Enquirer.

Green Spring had been the home of William Ludwell Lee at the time of his death in 1803. Unmarried and only 27 years old when he died, Lee left the property to his sisters Portia and Cornelia. At this time, Portia Lee Hodgson and her husband William managed the estate, which then consisted of about 3,200 acres and the mansion house, insured in 1810 for $10,000. Green Spring was advertised for sale in 1814 and 1816, and then rented until 1824 when bought by George Mason.