WELCOME TO BURWELL'S GREEN
Lewis Burwell III (1701-1744) was the youngest of the family's three sons and six daughters. He inherited his father's land in James City County while his older brothers, James and Nathaniel, received the larger Gloucester properties. In turn, he assumed what were not the family's position of Vestryman of Bruton Parish, Justice of the Peace, Magistrate, the Assemblyman from James City, and finally a Member of the Governor's Council. In 1728, he was appointed to the profitable position of Naval Officer of the Upper James, whose duty it was to inspect and tax all trade on the river, making use of the large dock and warehouse complex he built at Burwell's Landing near our 17th fairway. It served as a major port for the City of Williamsburg and its surrounding plantations. In 1736 he began construction of a grand manor house at Harrop's Plantation, which he renamed Kingsmill Plantation in an attempt to create a lineage for himself and the land back to the early days of the colony.
A humorous anecdote from that era is this single sentence from a letter from Nathaniel Burwell to James regarding the sorry state of their younger, 17 year-old brother, Lewis. Nathaniel was a well-educated colonial gentleman, having spent an entire year studying at William and Mary, a step he was not recommending for Lewis:
"Brother: I am very much Concerned to See how insensible Lewis is of his own ignorance, for he can nither read as he aught to do, nor give one letter a true Shape when he writes, nor spell one line of English and he is altogether ignorant of Arithmetick, so he'll be noways capable of the management of his own affairs and unfit for any Gentlemen's conversation and therefore a Scandalous person and a Shame to his relations, not having one single qualification to recommend him; if he would be apply himself heartily for one year, to write well, learn the Mathematics and Consequently arithemetick of Mr. Jones, and to translate Latin into English of Mr. Ingles to learn him to speak well, I would then take him home and employ him to till he comes of Age in my Ofice and Plantation Afairs that he might the better be capable to manage his own, and to my knowledge this will be no disservice to him, and a greater than any other method he'l fall into through his inclination; for my part, tis no advantage whether he be a Blockhead or a man of parts, were he not my Brother, but when I have to do with him, to schoole he shall go. . ."
Young Lewis did attend William and Mary for a year and did not appear to be the worse for the experience.
Lewis Burwell IV (1725-1784) succeeded his father in most of his offices and titles. While prosperous, the plantation fortunes began to decline as the land petered out from over-cultivation. He supported the Loyalist side in the growing conflict and moved to Mecklenburg County where he died.
Burwell's Green, or as it's more commonly known, "The Green," is a picturesque parcel of luxury town homes nestled around the 13th, 14th , and 15th fairways of the Plantation Course and three ponds. The 32 town homes are spread among nine buildings all of which are carefully set among beautifully landscaped grounds, with many ornamental flowering trees. Guernsey and Tingle's 1990 architectural plans for colonial-in-design brick and cedar town homes reflect significantly on the proud history of "The Green's" original residents--the Burwell family.
The remains of that plantation home and two dependencies are the focal point of the Kingsmill Plantation site and its historical marker, which overlook The Green. Richard Kingsmill, the original landowner, and the Burwells would, no doubt, be pleased to see that the current residents can, by a short walk, still access the James River which was the site of the Burwell's 18th century landing dock and warehouse complex.
An important feature of this community is a social committee that offers its residents an active agenda of memorable events such as a Christmas dinner, wine and appetizer events, and a monthly men's breakfast, all geared toward ensuring life is good in The Green.
PARCEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC)
Burwell's Green is governed by a group of volunteer residents elected to the Burwell's Green PAC. The PAC serves as an advisor to the Kingsmill Community Services Association's (KCSA) Board of Directors on such matters as matters as maintenance, painting cycles and landscaping. Below are the names of the current PAC and their areas of responsibility.
If you are interested in serving on your PAC, please submit a Statement of Interest form (located in the right hand column.)
|Parcel Chair||Bill Geary||154||
|Landscape Maintenance||Lynn McIntyre||120||
|Building Maintenance||Lynn Brown||134||
|PAC||Weds, Jan 18||7 p.m.||MBRC Room A|
|PAC||Weds, Apr 19||7 p.m.||MBRC Room A|
|PAC||Weds, July 12||7 p.m.||MBRC Room A|
|Annual & PAC||Weds, Oct 4||7 p.m.||MBRC Room A|
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