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Home away from home: Ma Margaret’s Bed & Breakfast gains historical recognition



BEFORE: The Jackson home around 2007, prior to getting a new life. Photo courtesy of Alva Jackson
AFTER: The main section of Ma Margaret’s has been lovingly restored and additions have been seamlessly joined with the old. Photo by Jackie Nunnery(Click here to enlarge image)

While the homes of “Millionaires Row” have always garnered attention, Reedville has many other historical homes with their own stories to tell. Such is the case with Ma Margaret’s House Bed & Breakfast which in March received a Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (NNVHS) highway marker.

Now owned by Alva Jackson, the farmhouse on Greenfield Road was built in 1914 by Jackson’s grandparents, Andrew and Margaret Beane Jackson. In addition to farming on the surrounding 17 acres, Andrew Jackson was a waterman and the NNVHS noted the residence was “a representation of African American self-sufficiency at the turn of the century.” Jackson lived in the home with….

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