Culpepper Landing

Archive for July, 2009

Some history and bird watching!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

It’s exciting to know a little history of the “Culpepper Farm”. In September 1881, Henry Holland and A.H. Linsey were highest bidders at a public auction on the steps of the court house in Portsmouth, Virginia. The land was at that time known as the Carr Farm. The bid was $5700.00 and the land was actually sold on September 12, 1879. Linsey later sold his half to Holland on 21 March 1881 before it was actually recorded in the Norfolk County record books.


As I drove along the farm road here in the community, I wondered about the Carr’s and why their land was auctioned… could it be lost due to economic struggles or maybe an estate auction. The records did not reveal that fact.  Before the deed of sale was actually recorded Mr. Linsey sold his half to Holland on March 21, 1881. During those days, it seems folks didn’t rush to record the land transfers.


 In January, 1899 Henry Holland and his wife Johanna sold 493 1/3 acres to J.M. Johnson for $5,000.00. In 1890 Mr. Johnson and his wife Ella sold for $625.00 a 100 ft wide strip of land to Lake Drummond Canal and Water Company. In total this was about 8 1/3 acres.  This is the area I refer to as the “farm road”. Taking a drive one day down they road which is treed on both sides it looked like a Cardinal sanctuary. So many of the bright red birds were fluttering through the trees, I wished I’d had my camera at the ready. What a beautiful sight.   The great news is this road will eventually be a trail for the residents of this lovely neighborhood to walk. Have your camera’s ready!


The land finally was bought in July 1926, by brothers, William Thomas Culpepper and Leroy Norman Culpepper. They bought it from Harry a Brinkley as trustee for American National Bank. That again leaves us open to ponder why Mr. & Mrs. Johnson sold the property, a trustee sale makes me think it may have been lost to the bank.  Now in the hands of the Culpepper’s they farmed the land. I will continue this story in the next post.


In the mean time, I want to go back to the drive along the farm road.  The tree line bank of the inter coastal waterway is pleasant and a chance to see as I mentioned not only the Virginia State bird, cardinals but many other birds as well.  Follow this link for more information about bird watching along the Great Dismal Swamp.


In the fall work to cut in the trails and jogging paths in the 144 acres designated in the community as the Conservation Area will begin.  Our residents will be able to hike or jog the trails and camp sites will be available for the residents to go camping with the kids! Forget the marsh mallows no problem… run home and retrieve them.


That’s all for now.. Check back more to come