Eyre Hall Gardens

Orangery Wall
Orangery Wall
Address
3215 Eyre Hall Drive
Cheriton, VA 23316
Region Eastern Shore
Locality Northampton
Phone: (757) 331-2304
Email chamber@northamptoncountychamber.com
Website www.esgardentours.com/eyrehall.html

Eyre Hall is one of Virginia’s finest and best-preserved colonial homes. Approached by a long, old-fashioned cedar-lined lane, the house overlooks Cherrystone Creek. Thomas Eyre landed at Jamestown in 1622 to take up patented land on the Eastern Shore in 1623. Eyre descendents have owned land in the lower portion of Northampton County continuously for 12 generations. Littleton Eyre (great-grandson of Thomas) purchased the present site of Eyre Hall and in 1760 built the original gambrel-roofed portion.

The gardens are among the oldest in the country, circa 1800. Ancient boxwood and gnarled crape myrtles tower over the traditional swept paths, all enclosed by a wall of brick brought as ballast from England. On the sunny side, English-style mixed borders add color, and opposite is the family graveyard and romantic orangery ruin from 1819.




Last Updated: 10/6/2014 1:15 PM
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