Near here stood Gloucester Hall (built ca. 1660s), where Bacon’s Rebellion effectively ended with the fatal illness of its leader, Nathaniel Bacon, in 1676. In 1684, this house served as the first Virginia residence of Royal Governor Francis Howard, baron Howard of Effingham, whose wife, Lady Philadelphia Pelham Howard, died there in 1685. Col. John Pate, a member of the Council of State, built the house on his 2,100-acre plantation, including 1,141 acres that his uncle Richard Pate had patented in 1650. Col. Thomas Pate inherited the plantation in 1672. Both Richard Pate and Col. Thomas Pate represented Gloucester County in the House of Burgesses.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/21/2012
Year On Marker: 2012
Original Sponsor: A.J. Pate
Geographic Location: Gloucester County
Physical Description of Location: 11643 George Washington Memorial Highway (State Route 17 North), Saluda, VA 23149. Marker is on right when travelling on Route 17 North, just prior to intersection with Bacon's Lane.
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