Inscription. The house was built about 1730 and burned in 1850. It was not rebuilt. Only some poplar trees remain. A fine colonial mansion, it was the home of the celebrated “councillor” Robert Carter. Philip Fithian, tutor at Nonimi Hall, 1773–74, wrote his well-known “Journal” there.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
|1. Nomini Hall Marker|
Erected 1948. (Marker Number J-72.)
Location. 38° 4.45′ N, 76° 40.967′ W. Marker is near Machodoc, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Cople Highway (Virginia Route 202) and County Route 626, on the right when traveling east on Cople Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hague VA 22469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Burnt House Field (approx. 2 miles away); Richard Henry Lee’s Grave (approx. 2 miles away); The Glebe (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bushfield (approx. 2.3 miles away); Morgan Jones Kiln (approx. 2.3 miles away); Nominy Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Zion Baptist Church (approx. 3.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker was originally erected 6½ miles west of here at Templemans Crossroads (Route 3 and Route 202), according to the 1948 edition of State Historical Markers of Virginia. It was still listed as being at Templemans Crossroads in Peter’s 1985 A Guidebook to Virginia’s Historical Markers. The marker is now closer to the location of Nomini Hall, which was about a mile southeast of here on the Nomini River.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
|2. Nomini Hall Marker|
Also see . . .
1. Robert Carter III of Nomini Hall. “Following his return to Virginia, Carter in time repudiated the major institutions of colonial gentry society. Although he served for more than a decade on the governor’s council, he abruptly retired in 1772 to Nomini Hall, his father’s plantation on the Potomac River. In 1778 he deserted the Anglican church, becoming a Baptist. Though on occasion Carter defended slavery, he eventually freed his nearly 500 slaves. He gave up his life as a planter, escaping to Baltimore, the home of his wife Frances Tasker. There he became a Swedenborgian disciple. Carter’s story proves a point: the search for identity by the heirs of the Virginia gentry was difficult in a frontier society that had been created as an attempt to mirror the life led by aristocrats in Great Britain.” (Submitted on September 11, 2009.)
2. Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian, 1773-1774: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion. 1978 reprint of Philip Fithian’s journal. It begins: “In the ‘Golden Age,’ or half-century immediately preceding the American Revolution, a remarkable civilization reached it zenith in the broad coastal plain of eastern Virginia. Gradually, during a century of colonization and expansion, the heavily wooded tidewater had been converted into a land of settled order and accumulated wealth. Vast estates had been carved out of the wilderness and large plantations were everywhere the rule.
“Embraced by numerous arms of the Chesapeake [Bay] and covered by a network of wide rivers and creeks, this sylvan Venice abounded in safe and convenient water routes. . . . Ocean vessels could penetrate to the plantations in every part of the lowlands and carry cargoes thence straight to the wharves of London and other outports.” (Submitted on September 11, 2009.)
Historical American Building Survey, circa 1933
|3. Drawing of the original Nomini Hall|
3. The History of Nomini Hall (official site). Contrary to what is mentioned on the marker, in 1850 a frame structure was rebuilt on the original location. (Submitted on July 25, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
4. Fire ravages Nomini Hall again. An article by Portsia Smith, published in The Freelance Star on July 23rd, 2014. Ironically, the rebuilt structure succumbed to the same fate as the original. (Submitted on July 25, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,107 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 25, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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