Historic Home Of Famed Science Fiction Author and Inventor Near America's Colonial Capital For Sale
In 1946, Will Jenkins imagined computers. In his famed literary work, he called them logics. And in his mind - one that told the story of the future - people had them in all their homes.
Now Jenkins' own home, where he penned this and other science fiction short stories including "First Contact" that first references a universal translator made famous by Star Trek, is for sale.
This is not just any home. Ironically, given the genre Jenkins earned his fame in as a writer, the home, renovated from a chicken coop, is among the most highly historic properties in the Tidewater and Central region of Virginia.
Listed by Frank Hardy Inc. Realtors, Clay Bank sits on high ground in Gloucester, Va. near Richmond, with commanding views of the York River from Yorktown to the Williamsburg region.
In the rooms throughout the house, Jenkins, who's most known under the published name Murray Leinster, penned many of his more than 1,500 short stories, articles, movie scripts and television plays. In the home's basement, he invented front projection, forever changing the way films are presented.
"Friends would say that he'd be downstairs working on things, inventing things, for hours," said Beth Richardson, Jenkins' granddaughter. "The basement was his chemistry lab. It was where he put his literary mind and scientific mind to work together."
Circa. 1700, the 2,280-square-foot home is loaded with charm and grace, featuring original plank wood flooring, fireplaces and mantels. A family room just off the quaint kitchen, complete with brick floors, faces the York River and the property's sandy beach, pier and boatlift, located a short walk across an estate, meadow lawn.
"Our family, friends and those who visited my grandfather fished these waters and made this a playground," Richardson said. "Years ago, even though there were hotels in town on Main Street, people were known to come visit and stay at the house. In the years since he died, we've enjoyed everything the property offers, from boating to relaxing in the gardens beneath shade trees."
The gardens on site contain colonial daffodils. Two nearly century old Cedar of Lebanon trees grace the lawn.
Archaeological digs on the property unearthed centuries old foundations, pipe stems dating back to 1670 and glassware.