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Welcome to beautiful Church Hill At Timber Ridge Plantation

5 bedroom manor and 76 acre plantation

The birthplace of Texas statesman and military hero Sam Houston, and the private residence of the Thompson Family since 1848.

Sam Houston was born in a log cabin on Timber Ridge Plantation, March 2, 1793, and the property has been owned by the Thompson Family since 1837. After major renovations to the home and property by the Thompson Family in 2014 and 2015, Church Hill manor and the 76 acre estate is now available for overnight guests for the first time ever.

Many socialites and Texas political figures have visted the home and plantation over the years as personal guests of the Thompson Family. The home is very well set up to accomodate single families, groups and social events and can sleep up to 13 people.

For the genealogically minded guests, Church Hill sits adjacent to 2 churches with historically relevant headstones dating back to the 1700's, as Sam Houstons family was credited with starting the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church.

Church Hill is only 2 1/2 hours from Washington D.C. and the estate is large enough to host many types of events. The Plantation is 6 minutes from downtown historic Lexington, VA and less than 1 mile off of Interstate 81.

The rate for the manor is between $500.00 and $1,200 per night depending on day of the week and time of the year and there is a minimum 3 night stay.

Click here to check on available dates and to reserve Church Hill

Church Hill
78 Sam Houston Way
Lexington, VA 24450

Church Hill is listed on both the:
Virginia Historic Landmarks register
National Register of Historic Places

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Texans have been coming to Church Hill for a very long time. This picture was taken in the 1950's.

Church Hill for the holidays!

Kitchen- The walls and floor are well preserved and original to the home
but for modern day convenience it has been updated with new stainless appliances including range, large capacity refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and Keurig coffee maker, as well the kitchen is fully furnished with dishes, silverware and cookware.

The sun porch makes a comfortable gathering spot as it sits right off the kitchen and allows for terrific views of the orchard, the fields and the Sam Houston wayside.
The sun porch offers a queen size pull out sleeper sofa.

The Library at Church Hill was used in scenes from the movie Gods and Generals that was filmed here in 2001.

Church Hill Foyer was used for scenes in the movie Gods and Generals

Large Dining room which was seen in the movie Gods and Generals

Houston bedroom on first floor is dedicated to Sam Houston and displays Sam Houston memorabilia.  The bedroom offers a bathroom, shower and queen size bed.

State bedroom is the largest bedroom in the home and is located on the second floor.  Civil War General Robert E. Lee was a friend of the Thompson Family and an overnight guest in this room.  The State room is also where scenes from the movie Gods and Generals was filmed and the room looks nearly identical today.
State room offers a King size bed.

Horatio bedroom on second floor offers a full size and twin size bed.

Jackson bedroom on second floor offers a half bath and a double bed.

Lee bedroom on second floor offers a queen size bed.

The barn located on property is believed to be built using hand hewn timbers from the original Houston cabin.


The birthplace of Sam Houston marker sits at the corner of the property and can be seen from the sun porch at the rear of the home.






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