Martin's Hundred

Just below Williamsburg on the James, Carter's Grove (circa. 1751-1753) is a remarkable, somewhat confusing place. Built in the late 1730s by Carter Burwell, grandson of Robert "King" Carter, perhaps the richest man in the colonies in the early

"King " Carter

eighteenth century, this stately Georgian mansion was meant to be a showplace more than a functioning tobacco plantation.  The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation acquired the place n the late 1960s.

The "Great House" at Carter's Grove
Excavations at Martin's Hundred

While testing archaeologically in the early 1970s, CW's premier historical archaeologist, Ivor Noel-Hume, discovered "Martin's Hundred,," a settlement wiped out during the Indian Revolt of 1622. The center of life there was a palisaded "village" named "Wolstenholme Towne." Here's an artist's conception of the place from one of the assigned National Geographic articles, along with a photo of a three-dimensional model.

Artist's Conception of Martin's Hundred, Circa. 1622

Model of of Wolstenholme Towne

The site has not been reconstructed. Instead, there is a walking tour, complete with recorded voice-overs by Noel-Hume (talking out of barrels no less!)  and outlines of buildings and compounds. There is also a terrific underground museum. We can see the excellent introductory flick at the visitor's center, then see the archaeology museum, then take the walking tour of the settlement itself.


Blockhouse at Martin's Hundred

Ivor Noel-Hume Talks Out of a Barrel

The Class Entering the Winthrop Rockefeller Museum

Inside the Rockefeller Museum at Martin's Hundred

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