June 4, 2022

Explore the site’s history from the early 1700s to today, tour the 1850s house and typical outbuildings, stroll the beautiful tree-shaded grounds and nature paths, play lawn games, sip wine and savor small plate refreshments, preview and place opening bids on auction items*, unwind and catch up with friends, and find your favorite spot on the spacious property to enjoy the fantastic views!

Open House format 3:00-7:00 PM (come and go when you like). Rain or shine. Located on the Rappahannock River near White Stone.

TICKETS: $100 per person, inclusive of food and drinks. Limited number available, must be purchased in advance. Non-refundable (some exceptions may apply). Buy online or mail a check to LVHS, PO Box 97, Lancaster VA 22503. This is our main fundraiser to meet our general operating budget needs!

*Virtual Silent Auction will open at the Gala with in-person bidding by ticketed guests, then continue online for several days (exact closing date TBA) with public bidding. Purchase of Gala tickets is not required to participate in the online auction only.

The origin of the Pop Castle name is unknown, but the property was the site of a ferry landing from as early as 1702 and had a long history of ownership by a series of planters and ferrymen. The current Greek Revival and Italianate house was built in 1855, with an 1857 addition, for James and Ann Armstrong Gresham on the foundations of a 1780s dwelling of the Shearman family. It was slightly altered again in the 1920s and 1940s. Gresham’s plantation encompassed 272 acres and by 1860 Gresham owned 65 enslaved persons to support his agricultural enterprise. Pop Castle was raided by the British in the War of 1812 and during the Civil War the house was damaged by cannon fire from a Union gunboat. Subsequent owners after 1875 included the Romulus Sanders family, Edward Lemmon, Capt. and Mrs. Thomas B. Denegre, Jr. who secured its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and journalist Roger Mudd. The current owners since 2005 are Walid and Virginia Ramadan, who spent their careers in the U. S. Foreign Service including postings in the Middle East, Mexico, and Brazil. At Pop Castle they combine the original historic character of the home with their unique, international collections of antiques and folk art.

Virtual Silent Auction – no ticket required!

More details to come, but make plans now to bid on some of the premier auction items:

POP CASTLE 2-night stay for 11-16 guests (private use of whole house). The 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom house easily sleeps 11 adults (King, King, Queen, Queen, 2 Twins, Twin) but can accommodate up to 16 people by converting the sunroom and den with sofas, trundles, or airbeds. A $2600 value!

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Come take off your shoes and relax at this 1855 house on 12 acres overlooking the two-mile wide Rappahannock River, one mile from the Chesapeake Bay. Sit out on the screened porch or between the two majestic oaks, and watch our osprey family and the dolphins. Go swimming from the sandy beach or fishing, or crabbing off the 30-foot deck. Play ping pong, go biking or just relax. Above all, experience a sunset as you have never seen it before, and be a part of history. The property is fully furnished and equipped with WiFi, YouTube TV, two person kayak, two paddleboards, bikes, pickleball court, outdoor games, and a ping pong table. With the wood paneled living room with fireplace, comfortable TV room with fireplace, formal dining room with fireplace, sunroom with a large bay window overlooking the river, a large and bright kitchen with adjoining windowed garden/laundry room, and a spectacular 50 foot long porch opening directly to the wide treed lawn and the river, your family and friends will have plenty of space to share your valued time together.


Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Party for 6 at Historic Verville (c. 1725), with a personal tour by homeowner Ammon G. Dunton, Jr. and wine from his private cellar.

6 Bottles of Fine Wine selected by Ammon G. Dunton, Jr. from his private cellar at Verville, assorted reds and whites all highly-rated by Wine Spectator magazine.

Check back as more auction previews are added!