Letters to New Kent County – Installment 9

Friends,

As a continuation of last week’s installment, I’d like to share more about our work at Cumberland as a model for our ongoing projects in the county. On the assembly line of Tidewater and Big Bend’s projects, Cumberland is the first to roll off the line and is a good example of the finished product you can expect from us. Down the line we have Cedar Lane, Moss Side Manor, Spring Hill, Shuttlewood, Hampstead, South Garden, Iden, Mount Stirling and a couple more not yet ready to announce.

Cumberland House was amongst my first purchases in New Kent. With a hilltop view of the Pamunkey, part of the structure going back to the 18th Century and quiet, lush grounds, Cumberland embodies New Kent’s charm.

Over ten years of ownership, we have made continuous improvements to the property to augment its cultural, historical and practical appeal. As the following pictures show, we’ve added artwork and historical pieces, currently display five historical markers, have grown our meeting space and installed a commercial kitchen. Because of these efforts, we’ve been able to share Cumberland (and New Kent County) with over 10,000 people from all backgrounds and origins.

In the next installment, I look forward to sharing some of our progress on Mount Stirling’s restoration. I will close by reiterating my support of the official vision promulgated by the BOS for the County’s future:

New Kent County will remain a diverse community that values its outstanding rural character, history, natural environment, and quiet community lifestyle. We will maintain these values through thoughtful planning and managed economic development, with continued responsive and accountable governance supportive of our residents.

John Poindexter

New Kent County

Cumberland is perched atop a hill with a commanding view of the Pamunkey below.  The structure was built during at least 3 distinct periods including today’s additions.

Portions of the period I structure date back to the 18th century. Today, dinners for honored guests are hosted in the original basement.

Known as the “Jefferson Dovecote”, this structure was designed by Thomas Jefferson for Monticello but never built. This replica was built from those sketches on the Cumberland grounds in 2019.

Cumberland Estate’s central gallery was constructed in the 18th century and runs the full length of the period I structure.  On display are a number of historical pieces and artwork including this restored 19th century rosewood Steinway.

Army of the Potomac massing at Cumberland Landing for their incursion into Richmond.

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