Eyre Hall is a plantation home located in Northampton, Virginia close to Cheriton. The Eyre family has owned the property since 1668.It is one of Virginia's finest and best-preserved colonial homes and is designed with a long, old-fashioned cedar-lined lane. The house beautifully overlooks the Cherrystone Creek. Eyre descendants have owned the land that Eyre Hall sits on for 12 generations. Littleton Eyre purchased the site of Eyre Hall and in 1760 built the original house. Eyre Hall shows the 255 year memorabilia of a single family. To this day, guests of the eighth-generation known that they are still living in the first owner's style of how we wanted it to be. Eyre Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic laces and in 2012 was named a National Historic Landmark by the United Staes Secretary of the Interior. If you are ever on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, it would not hurt to stop by the beautiful Eyre Hall and see how this house has been passed down through 12 generations.
Backstory and Context
Littleton Eyre was a member of the fourth generation to inhabit Northampton County. The Eyre family have been on the Eastern Shore since 1623 when immigrant Thomas Eyre I settled on the southernmost portion of the country. Littleton married Bridget Harmanson in 1734. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Sir George Yeardley who was the three-time colonial governor of Virginia and had a lot of wealth and powerful land in Virginia. By 1754, the Eyre family had gained over three thousand acres of land and owned 106 slaves.
The house is shown as a large two story wood frame. The bottom part of the house is white weatherboard with the top covered in dark shingle. There are large rectangular windows on each floor and above the front door. There are also beautiful red brick chimneys that come through the roof. The entire house is surrounded by white picket fence. The dairy is located in the back of the house as well as the family cemetery and the orangery. The house is very breath-taking to see in pictures let alone in person.