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Historic Va. plantation to be sold at auction

Friday - 5/17/2013, 3:21am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An 18th-century plantation with ties to some of the biggest names and events in history is going on the auction block.

The Brandon Plantation sits on nearly 5,000 acres of timberland and farmland along the James River in Prince George County. The nearly 7,800-square-foot home and property will be sold at auction on June 26, if the price is right.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/12x4krB) that the center part of the home was designed by Thomas Jefferson.

The original owner was Capt. John Martin, who helped establish the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. The second owner was married to William Shakespeare's daughter.

The home once belonged to the Harrison family, which produced Virginia governors and two presidents. The most recent owner survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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