Historic property in new family’s hands after 350 years
Milford, the Billups house in Moon, was built by either Capt. John Billups or his son, Lt. John Billups, between 1774 and 1783 on land that had been granted to their ancestor, George Billups, over a hundred years earlier. It was occupied by a direct Billups descendant for at least 10 generations, most recently by the late James Otis Billups Sr. and Marie Billups of Mathews, before being sold at a recent auction for $385,000 to Tom and Robin Field of Gloucester. The Fields plan to make Milford their residence.
James Otis Billups Jr. of San Diego, Calif., said he and his sister, Elizabeth Jean Billups of Sand Point, Idaho, had decided to sell the property because they have no heirs and "somebody had to have that property."
"The legacy had to be broken," said Billups. "We have no relatives anymore."
Billups said the house had been empty for four years, since their 97-year-old mother moved into a nursing home.
"I’m happy the Fields are going to do something with the property besides sit on it," he said. "They are thorough, compassionate and professional people … I’m elated that the property moved to somebody who cares about its historical value … I’m really glad because my mom and dad loved that property."
The story-and-a-half, three-bay structure with a Flemish-bond brick basement is listed in both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It is located east of Mathews Court House on Route 643.