ABOUT HISTORIC JASMINE PLANTATION
Located in Beautiful New Kent County, VA
Between Colonial Williamsburg and Richmond
• Just a 30-minute drive to Busch Gardens/Water Country USA
Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown or historic Richmond
• Close to Colonial Downs
• Great Golfing • Fishing & Boating
• Seven comfortable suites, well-appointed with antiques
• Historic Jasmine Plantation was voted one of the top 15 Bed and Breakfasts with Nearby Attractions by Arrington's Book of Lists!
Jasmine Plantation, located in historic New Kent County, Virginia, was originally patented by George Morris in 1680. Morris was a surveyor and a friend of George Washington. He was also a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from New Kent County.
The existing house, built 1750, is located in front of the original Morris homesite and was used as a headquarters for Gen. Washington's Revolutionary Army on Oct. 8th, 1779. Exercises were performed in the front pasture. Two regiments were documented as performing specific exercises from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and from 3:00 to half past 4:00 PM each day.
Jasmine Plantation at one time consisted of 1,100 acres, being virtually self-sufficient. It stayed in by the Morris family for more than 100 years, until 1850.
Henry and Matte Brenneman purchased the property in 1918. Matte was an accomplished artist. A mural in the front stairwell, as well as many paintings produced by Matte, adorn the walls of Jasmine.
The property changed hands a couple more times, and was developed as a bed and breakfast inn in the 1990s.
The current owners, Don and Eileen Smith from Bucks County and Lancaster, Pa., purchased Jasmine in 2005. They have made extensive improvements to the grounds and turned Jasmine into the showcase it is today.
Don has nearly 40 years experience in historic renovations and designing and building custom homes. Eileen's 35 year career encompassed the medical field and anthropology. They have three grown sons.
The Smiths have blended their talents and passions to bring out Jasmine's Plantation full potential as a bed and breakfast and weekend wedding destination. They genuinely enjoy the company of their guests and are always there to make sure that everything is just right for their visitor's stay or special event.
The plantation's level landscape, open pastures and natural woodsland lend themselves perfectly to the rural hospitality of a country inn. Jasmine is particularly well-suited for outdoor weddings or other special events, with its lovely landscaping, gazebos, and large all-weather outdoor marquee tent featuring floor, lights and heat. A reflection pool makes a perfect backdrop for those special portraits.
Indoors, a large meeting hall accommodates up to 50 seated guests. In the large dining area and breakfast nook, guests may enjoy a hearty full country breakfast on weekends. Seven beautiful suites, lovingly decorated in antiques, provide rooms for large parties or families that want to stay together for their vacation or special events. Additionally, the first floor is accessible for the physically challenged.
A spacious outdoor deck features a new Jacuzzi whirlpool for evening relaxation. There are many secluded garden spots for quiet reflection, and woodland trails for walking and enjoying nature.
For those who wish to venture out, there are numerous attractions within a short drive.
The Smiths have hosted guests from all over the world; the many glowing letters from their visitors promise that they will be returning to Jasmine again and again for its southern country elegance.