Thomas III was a major in the British Army. His son, Thomas Walke IV, was a member of the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788, which voted to ratify the United States Constitution. Walke IV was one of two representatives from Princess Anne County.
The first Thomas Walke (I) settled in this area in 1662 from Barbados and began a trade business between the Virginia colony and Barbados, a trade which likely involved rum and slavery. He had strong connections with William Byrd I. Thomas Walke III died in 1761 and left his son the then-7,000 acres (2,800 ha) plantation and 55 slaves. In 1783 Thomas Walke IV petitioned to reclaim slaves taken by the British during the American Revolution. Some of those slaves made their way to Nova Scotia. Thomas IV was a Whig, whereas Princess Anne County was mostly Loyalists.
The property stayed in the Walke family until 1822, was 300 acres (120 ha) at the time, then changed hands many times. Currently it has about 3 acres (1.2 ha) and has been owned by the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historic Society since 1966. It is still lived in.
The house is open for tour on a limited basis in the summer.