Mary Farley Ames Lee, a 1938 graduate of Longwood University (then known as the State Teachers College), bequeathed Hull Springs Farm to the Longwood University Foundation, Inc., in 1999 to protect the property from development.
The 662-acre farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia, is situated on Virginia’s Northern Neck between Aimes Creek and Glebe Creek, both tributaries of the Potomac River, just a short distance from the Chesapeake Bay. The property has approximately 8,400 feet of tidal shoreline and offers stunning views of Lower Machodoc Creek, wildlife, forests and open land. With 160-acres in agricultural fields and more than 400 acres in forest, it is an excellent demonstration site to develop, apply and study replicable best management practices.
It is my hope that Hull Springs Farm will remain protected from overdevelopment and continue to bring joy and happiness to those who now live here and for others in the future."
Mary Farley Ames Lee ’38
Hull Springs Farm contains numerous archaeological sites, both prehistoric and historic. The Archaeology Field School of Longwood University has been surveying the site since 1993. Based on the evidence of projectile points types and other stone tools, prehistoric Native American Indians were present as early as 3,800 years ago, and based on the evidence of fired clay pottery shards and other ceramics, prehistoric presence continued up to the time of European contact. There is also evidence of windowpane glass, wrought and cut nails, colonial ceramic shards, kaolin pipe stems, and wine bottle pieces which indicate historic occupation in numerous areas of the property, as early as the 1680s.
In 2005, Longwood Foundation started re-engineering Hull Springs from a traditional working farm and timber operation to a sustainable model of conservation.