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On State 40, about two miles from County 609, the motorist comes upon County 619. Should he turn right here and travel about a mile, he will see on his right a private road that leads to KINGSTON, a stately two-story house that invites the artistry of some restorer. Outside, boxwood seems to be holding wake above the remains of a once-lovely garden. Within, large rooms, small rooms, hospitable halls, with floor boards, paneling, mantels, and the 20 windows, each with 18 small lights, could be brought back to the charm that many a Dinwiddian remembers to have characterized Kingston not so long ago. The first owner of Kingston was Captain Robert Walker and the next Doctor Robert Walker. General William H. Brodnax purchased the estate from Doctor Walker's nephews. On November 1, 1848 it passed to Henry Y. Mitchell, who left it in 1862 by will to his brother, John J. Mitchell. Doctor Henry Green Hunt purchased Kingston in 1891. It was inherited by his children. Captain Walker, builder of the house, served as justice of Dinwiddie between 1763 and 1776. He died in 1797, soon after the house was completed. Though most of the Captain's 20 children died in infancy, his son Robert lived to be an eminent physician, having received his medical education in European universities. A pioneer in the treatment of smallpox, he once had at Kingston a hospital for smallpox victims. It is safe to say that the house achieved its reputation for hospitality before and after Doctor Walker's unfortunate guests were entertained there.

  • Added: 12 Nov 2017
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