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Oak Hill, the splendid home designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1820 for James Monroe, in Aldie, Virginia

Oak Hill, the splendid home designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1820 for James Monroe, in Aldie, Virginia

Chatham Manor is a  Georgian-style home completed in 1771 by farmer & statesman William Fitzhugh on the Rappahannock River in Stafford County, Virginia. It was for more than a century the center of a large, thriving plantation. The wealthy William Fitzhugh built Chatham in the three-year period ending in 1771. He was a friend & colleague of George Washington, whose family's farm was just down the Rappahannock River from Chatham. Washington's diaries note that he was a frequent guest at…

Chatham Manor is a Georgian-style home completed in 1771 by farmer & statesman William Fitzhugh on the Rappahannock River in Stafford County, Virginia. It was for more than a century the center of a large, thriving plantation. The wealthy William Fitzhugh built Chatham in the three-year period ending in 1771. He was a friend & colleague of George Washington, whose family's farm was just down the Rappahannock River from Chatham. Washington's diaries note that he was a frequent guest at…

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Westover Plantation on the James River in Charles City Co., Virginia is an 18th century mansion built in the Georgian style.

Westover Plantation on the James River in Charles City Co., Virginia is an 18th century mansion built in the Georgian style.

Clay for brick was plentiful in Virginia and it is used in the construction of many historic houses here.  Carter's Grove is a 400-acre estate on the James River built in 1750 in the American Georgian style, adapted for hot, humid summers.

Clay for brick was plentiful in Virginia and it is used in the construction of many historic houses here. Carter's Grove is a 400-acre estate on the James River built in 1750 in the American Georgian style, adapted for hot, humid summers.

Virginia House  Formerly an English country manor home relocated to Richmond in 1925, Virginia House is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society. Virginia House was the home of Alexander and Virginia Weddell. Mrs. Weddell's talents as an interior designer are evident in rooms decorated with English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, Oriental carpets, and fine silver and china. The eight acres of gardens and grounds of Virginia House provide a rich tapestry of texture and…

Virginia House Formerly an English country manor home relocated to Richmond in 1925, Virginia House is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society. Virginia House was the home of Alexander and Virginia Weddell. Mrs. Weddell's talents as an interior designer are evident in rooms decorated with English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, Oriental carpets, and fine silver and china. The eight acres of gardens and grounds of Virginia House provide a rich tapestry of texture and…

Llangollen is a farm near Middleburg, Loudoun Co., Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Llangollen, which means Church of St. Gollen in the Welsh language, was originally part of a 10,000-acre land grant on which a two-story manor house was built in the late 1770s.  By 1930,  it was purchased by John Hay "Jock" Whitney as a wedding gift for his fiancee, Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Altemus. Liz & Jock Whitney divorced in 1940 but she retained the estate & lived there until her death in…

Llangollen is a farm near Middleburg, Loudoun Co., Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Llangollen, which means Church of St. Gollen in the Welsh language, was originally part of a 10,000-acre land grant on which a two-story manor house was built in the late 1770s. By 1930, it was purchased by John Hay "Jock" Whitney as a wedding gift for his fiancee, Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Altemus. Liz & Jock Whitney divorced in 1940 but she retained the estate & lived there until her death in…

Thomas Nelson House, Yorktown, VA - now owned by the state & open to the public. Still has cannonballs in the sides of the house. Nelson ordered it to be fired on when Cornwalis used it as his headquarters.

Thomas Nelson House, Yorktown, VA - now owned by the state & open to the public. Still has cannonballs in the sides of the house. Nelson ordered it to be fired on when Cornwalis used it as his headquarters.

Woodlawn, circa 1805. Alexandira, VA. This home was a gift from George Washington to his nephew Major Lawrence Lewis.

Woodlawn, circa 1805. Alexandira, VA. This home was a gift from George Washington to his nephew Major Lawrence Lewis.

Bacon's Castle is located in Surry, VA.  It was built in 1665 and is the oldest brick building in British North America.  It is an example of Jacobean architecture.

Bacon's Castle is located in Surry, VA. It was built in 1665 and is the oldest brick building in British North America. It is an example of Jacobean architecture.