HISTORY OVERVIEW - Part 1 - Farnifold Green's 1707 Grant


Part of 1676 Map - A New Description of Carolina
Map Courtesy George Howard

In 1653, over fifty years before Farnifold Green’s land grant, it appears that his grandfather, Reverend Roger Green, had been granted his 1000-acre choice of 10,000 acres on the south side of the Chowan River. The 1676 “Description of Carolina” map notes land between the Pamlico and the Neuse Rivers as “Green’s Land.”

During the reign of Queen Anne, Farnifold Green, who came from Virginia in 1697, had a 1700-acre plantation on the north side of the Neuse River. In 1707/1708 Green obtained a land patent from the eight Lords Proprietors—780 acres. This choice land was described as "beginning at the mouth of Core River, running up the river and creek 245 poles to a pine, then east 345 poles to a gum, then north eighty degrees east 45 poles to a pine at North River, then down the river to the mouth 420 poles, then along the sound to the first station."

Part of Green's land grant, in the vicinity of Cape Lookout and present-day Beaufort, was home to the Coree (Coranine or Cwarewiock) Indians. 

It is believed Green may have established an outpost on his land grant about 1709. The few scattered pioneers in the Core Sound area probably built small make-shift houses and began to fish and farm...but there was no town. 

It is also believed by many that Farnifold Green was the person who built the “White House” seen on early maps. After all, he owned the land and may have built it as an outpost, a place to stay while in the area and perhaps provide a small inn for travelers. The location of the "White House" was on or near the same footprint as the current Hammock House, however, the Hammock House may have been built much later.