The patent for Peckatone is dated March 26, 1664 and was the proudest aristocratic residence in the county at that time. The Corbins, from England, passed the property through the family until Martha (nee Corbin) Turberville disappeared in a hurricane after years of reckless behavior that born wild tales. After the War Between the States, it was bought from the family and after changing hands several times, a mysterious fire gutted the house in 1886. The lands became part of the estate of John Dos Passos, father of the artist and author whose friends included e.e. cummins and Ernest Hemingway.
The modern day farm embraces its storied history while looking across the Potomac with unobstructed panoramic views of Maryland and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It comes with a mile of water frontage with protected banks. Tours of the property will take place Saturday, June 16 at 2pm. The auction is scheduled for Friday, June 22 at 3pm at the Manor House. The property is being auctioned by Motley’s Auction & Realty, most recently noted for the sale of the Virginia State Fairgrounds. It is, to date, the largest water tract auctioned in the Northern Neck.