The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: February 27

WILLIAMSBURG, February 27, 1777.
To be SOLD, pursuant to an act of Assembly, before the Raleigh door, on Monday the 10th of March, for ready money, The land and slaves formerly purchased by this state, pursuant an act entitled An act for the encouraging of making of wine. The tract lies a mile and a half below this city, and contains about 200 acres. NATHANIEL BURWELL. BENJAMIN POWELL.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) February 28, 1777

About this entry:

In November 1769, An act for encouraging the making of wine was enacted and trustees appointed to purchase 100 acres of land near Williamsburg, build a house and purchase as many as three slaves. Andrew Estave was appointed manager and required to apprentice three boys to teach them the art of cultivating vines and making wine. If Estave could produce ten hogsheads of good merchantable wine after six years, then the land and slaves would belong to him and his heirs. Apparently, the required amount of good wine did not materialize.

Sources: Virginia. Statutes

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