Gloucester, VA (circa 1648)
McPherson Design Group helped with the restoration of the estate and its conversion to a bed and breakfast. Now, over three centuries of history has been preserved and the general public has been given access to one of the most important houses in colonial America. Roland McPherson also completed design documents to restore the structural integrity of the main columns on the front of the house. The original 600-acre plantation, on which Warner Hall was built, was established by Augustine Warner as a “land grant” from England in 1642. Augustine Warner received the land grant in exchange for bringing twelve (12) settlers across the Atlantic Ocean to the Jamestown settlement, which was in dire need of more manpower. In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon fled from Bacon’s Castle to Warner Hall when Bacon’s Castle was attacked by the British. Over the years, Warner Hall thrived, as did the descendants of Augustine Warner. Some of the most popular names in American History are direct descendants of Augustine Warner, including George Washington (America’s first president), Robert E. Lee (Civil War General), Captain Meriwether Lewis (Lewis & Clark explorations) and Queen Elizabeth II (current monarch of England). George Washington was a frequent visitor at his grandparents’ plantation, and, in England, Warner Hall is known as “The home of the Queen’s American Ancestors”. More information about Warner Hall and the work McPherson Deign Group completed on the project can be found at www.warnerhall.com.