NEW KENT COUNTY, VA - where the American Terrells settled & beaverdam, VA - home to the 19th & 20th century Terrell family

During the summer of 2002, I made a pilgrimage back to Virginia to visit my relatives and to discover more about the area where Richmond Terrell settled. He was given several thousand acres of Crown Land by the King of England in exchange for farming and sending the procuce he had grown back to the king. The area that I visited is much today as it was then - sparcely settled (except for the deer in the road). I made the trip with Jack Garrett, who married Ann Terrell, my Aunt Martha and my cousin, Robbin (pictured to the left). We had a splendid day visiting all of the places that our ancestors had lived. We ended our tour in Beaverdam, VA, the home to most of the later 19th century and early 20th century Terrells. It was there that my father, grandfather, and great- grandfather were born. The pictures on this page are from that trip. How wonderful it was!!

old road & farms

Below is the Terrell General Store of Beaverdam, which was located on the train route from Richmond, VA to Washington D.C. The Terrells have always been farmers up until my grandfather who was a salesman at the turn of the century. The house below the Beaver Dam plaque is where he was born. During our trip my Aunt Martha entertained us with stories of her childhood in Virginia. She told many wonderful tales and I loved our time together.



Old Tavern

My father's church (restored) in Beaver Dam and the Terrell window above

When the Courthouse was built in 1691 at the site of the present courthouse, the Tavern (above) was a necessity. Later, the Courthouse at Hanover (1735) was built several years after the Old Tavern was built at that place.

The exact date of its erection is not known, but it was built about the time the Courthouse was built, which seems to have been prior to 1700.
(Source: "Old New Kent County" by Malcolm H. Harris, page 100)

This building was built of brick and the bricks were laid in the usual English Bond of the period in which the construction took place.

The type of building was that so frequently seen in the old houses in Virginia, a story and half with an English basement at almost ground level, which afforded rooms for cooking and eating and storage.

The upper floor above the basement was separated by a hallway, with two rooms on each side, and the rooms under the roof were lighted by dormer windows, which were reserved for guests.

Many years ago, the roof was raised and the dormer windows discarded, which remodeling produced a monstrosity. Mr. and Mrs. Martin restored the roof and dormer windows and it now retains its original symmetry and colonial style. This restoration has been done with meticulous detail, and the owners are to be commended for their good judgement in doing a marvelous job.

The cluster of buildings which stood at New Kent Courthouse suffered a disastrous fire in 1862. The Tavern escaped, although it was used by the Federal Army under General McClelland as a Communications Headquarters while the Army was based at Cumberland on the Pamunkey, and later at the White house.
(Source: "Old New Kent County" by Malcolm H. Harris, page 103)

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