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Ferry Plantation House, Virginia Beach

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Ferry Plantation House, or Old Donation Farm, Ferry Farm, Walke Manor House, is a brick house in the neighborhood of Old Donation Farm, Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The site dates back to 1642 when Savill Gaskin started the second ferry service in Hampton Roads to carry passengers on the Lynnhaven River to the nearby county courthouse and to visit plantations along the waterway. A cannon was used to signal the ferry, which had 11 total stops along the river. The first ferry service was started nearby by Adam Thoroughgood.
The house, which is reputedly haunted by 11 spirits, has been used as a plantation, courthouse, school, and post office. It is currently a museum and educational center. A Summer History Camp, which educates youths about life in the 18th and 19th centuries, is also held on the site.
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  • If you had only time for one visit - this is the house to see. The docents (especially Gerry) are a wealth of information. The tour was packed with historic information and insights into the lives.....  more
    If you had only time for one visit - this is the house to see. The docents (especially Gerry) are a wealth of information. The tour was packed with historic information and insights into the lives.....  more »
  • This tour was fantastic! The guide we had was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The grounds are very fascinating and beautiful. Definitely would come back! 
    This tour was fantastic! The guide we had was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The grounds are very fascinating and beautiful. Definitely would come back!  more »
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  • Gorgeous house and memorial. Was closed when we were there, but still a nice opportunity for a photo or two
  • Such interesting history. This is a hidden gem. It’s great to learn how Virginia Beach began.

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