About 100 years before the first shots of the Civil War where fired, some of the first settlers of the new world were farming the Northern Neck of Virginia. Traditional crops and timber where the main stays of life in the Northern Neck. Less than a generation after the American Revolution, construction of The West End began. It is roughly 1790 and life in the Northern Neck consists of hard work, working the fertile land and harvesting the abundant timber.
The orginal farm house that is The West End was finished and the owners did there share to lay the foundation of what would be come the greatest country in the history of mankind.
If this house could tell stories let’s imagine what they may be. The American Revolution ended less than 20 years prior to the construction of this house. The country is struggling to find an identity and many are thinking that fighting the Brits for independence might not have been a good idea. The US Constitution is ratified shortly before construction begins. Individual property rights are guaranteed by law. Probably one of the reasons the home was built.
Before construction is complete the 3 additional states of been added to the country. Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee are now part of the United States.
As the new century starts a fellow Virginian is elected to the Presidency, and Thomas Jefferson is determined to grow the United States. Ohio is admitted to the Union and the new President buys an enormous piece of land from the French. Lewis and Clark start exploring the unknown lands west of the Appalachian Mountains. The one constant amongst all the change is the West End.
For over 30 years West End has been a main stay in the Northern Neck. With the wounds of the Revolution still fresh in the minds of many once again the Sons of Virginia find themselves at odds with the world’s super power. The War of 1812 breaks out and the British are bound and determined to take back what they believe is theirs. After two years the Treaty of Ghent ended the hostilities and the United States was once again at peace, and this time held a place on the world stage. The next 10 years brings 6 more states and the country continues to grow. From 1814 through 1850 the country continues to grow, and West End remains a staple of the area. 13 additional states have been added to the Union. West End can trace its history to the very beginning of the country older than all but 16 states, West End is now a mature well established home, that has been around for 60 years. It has out lived many of the orginal residents.
The 1800’s brought much strife to the young country. Slavery was a hot political issue and the mood just north of the Northern Neck was it had to be eliminated. In 1861 the country was split on the issue and the only way it was going to be resolved was with a fight. By 1863 President Lincoln declared the Emancipation of the Slaves and the tide was turning toward the north. That same year saw Virginia split into 2 states with the citizens of the Western section of the state becoming West Virginia. One can only imagine what was going through the minds of the proprietors of the West End as they began to see the Confederacy start to fall apart and the Commonwealth itself split.
From the end of the Civil War until the end of the century the American Nation continued it’s growth in relative peaceful environment. The country now extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Truly from sea to shining sea. In 1896, 100 years after the building of West End the United States finds itself in the midst of the Spanish American War. By 1898 a treaty ending the hostilites is signed.
As the 1800’s yielded to the 1900’s life continued as usual in the Northern Neck and West End was a constant.
The First World War Breaks out in the late teens and ends with the Treaty of Versailles. American begins to feel the pressure of a slowing enconomy, and Virginia is no exception. By 1929 the American economy is in a free fall, along with much of the world. With the pressures of a slow world economy the winds of war begin blowing again in Europe.
By 1939, roughly 150 years after the construction of West End, Europe finds itself a continent at war. In 1941 the European War spreads to America with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Virginia is once again called up to send her sons off to fight.
It is during this time that West End begins to take on its present day form. While many are off fighting West End is getting a face lift and expanding. It is during the War years that the two additions are added to the original home. Being true to history the additions are constructed using period materials. As WW II ends, West End is now the grand structure that it is today. The post war economic boom saw much activity at West End. A large Dairy Operation and Boat Building where business where central to the activities at West End. I’ve been told that during this time the property was actually the economic engine that powered the county.
Since the end of the War West End has stood as a symbol of America herself. From the Revolution to the Millennium West End has seen it all. With Memorial Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than stopping by to take a look at this Quintessential Historic American Estate. More importantly at the end of the weekend you will have a chance to write the next chapter of West End. The property will be auctioned on Tuesday. The highest bidder with a bid over 1.8 Million will be the new owner. As many of the local have told me this home has “Good Bones”. Nearly 225 years of American History spread out on 32 acres of Virginia Countryside. To learn more about the West End buying opportunity please click here.
Happy Memorial Day.