Cumberland Plantation has been a colorful and significant fixture of Virginia’s history since the 17th century. Upon stepping foot onto the property, visitors find themselves captured by our historical charm and sense of southern hospitality. Situated on 3,200 acres within New Kent County, Virginia, Cumberland Plantation is an exceptional destination for anyone seeking a taste of the rich history of the South.
Cumberland Plantation is owned by Criss Cross Properties, LLC, named after the Poindexter family’s first plantation in colonial Virginia, Criss Cross (known earlier as Christ’s Cross). George Poindexter was the founding immigrant of a prominent family long established on the Isle of Jersey — a British island off the coast of Normandy, France. Shortly after arrival in America in the 1650s, George situated himself at Middle Plantation, Virginia (now known as Williamsburg). In the 1680’s, he and his wife, Susannah, moved to New Kent County, Virginia, where they established a substantial landholding around 1685.
Following George’s demise in 1691, Susannah continued to live on the plantation until her death two years later. Their son, George II, succeeded her, and the property remained in the Poindexter family until 1830. In 1953, more than a century later, the home was acquired by Ed and Gayla Harrison, who partially restored the property. In 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved their application to have Criss Cross placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Criss Cross Properties was founded by John Poindexter, a business entrepreneur and a restorationist of historical buildings and land. He currently resides in Texas, but considers New Kent, VA to be his second home. Due to his familial roots in New Kent, John began a property acquisition and restoration program in 2013. Within a few years, these efforts lead to the acquisition of 3000 acres of rural property clustered around Criss Cross, and no doubt encompassing much of the original family acreage. These properties are once again thriving as farms and managed forests that maintain the character of the colonial era.
Disrepair and land degradation plagued most of the individual properties when they were purchased. Today, thanks to the guidance of local craftsmen and talented advisors, the plantation has been revitalized to an impressive semblance of its original condition — with modern conveniences. Criss Cross Properties is now full of life and vitality, and its owner desires that new memories be created and cherished by all who visit.