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WILLIAMSBURG

Carter’s Grove sold for $15.3 million

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation sold for $15.3 million the Carter’s Grove Plantation — an 18th century mansion built by one of Virginia’s founding families.

Halsey Minor purchased the property, which includes a Georgian-style mansion and 400 acres that are subject to a conservation easement, and 76 acres adjoining the property.

Mr. Minor said he’ll use the site as a residence and as a center for a thoroughbred horse-breeding program.

The property was purchased in 1709 by Virginia planter Robert “King” Carter. The foundation has owned the 35-room, two-story home and land since 1969. Citing financial pressure, the foundation announced plans to close Carter’s Grove to the public in 2002. The home was shuttered in 2003.

RICHMOND

Kaine names business official

Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, yesterday named a Virginia Department of Health official to oversee efforts to include more minorities in state procurement.

Samuel Hayes III will start January 10 as director of the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise.

Mr. Hayes now coordinates $97 million a year in procurement activities for the health department, and is credited with increasing the level of small, women- and minority-owned business participation there by roughly 3 percent in the past year.

Mr. Haynes is an Old Dominion University graduate and was one of 22 applicants. He replaces Stacy Burrs.

Mr. Hayes said he welcomes the challenge to put more state money into minority hands.

From wire dispatches and staff reports