Much like the gnarly vines that intertwine around a huge oak tree on the front lawn, Burleigh Plantation on Hyco Lake intertwines more than a couple of hundred years of family memories, tall tales and the birth of our nation. It’s a living history book, a window to the past, an absolute work of art in the form of a 120-acre property. Step back in time to 1776. There were no cars, no motorized boats, no running water, no electricity, and no Hyco Lake. The United States of America was a new and struggling nation. Slavery was legal. Some people were starting new lives with land grants. Part of what is now Burleigh Plantation was acquired by land grants in April of that historic year.
Mumford McGehee obtained one such land grant and purchased an additional 420 acres described as “a garden spot on the Hico River”.
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