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James River Plantations: Evelynton Planation - Evelynton was originally part of William Byrd's expansive Westover Plantation. Named for Byrd's daughter, Evelyn, this site has been home to the Ruffin family since 1847.  The family patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter.  Today, the 2,500-acre farm is still family owned and operated. The house and grounds at this time are closed.

James River Plantations: Evelynton Planation - Between Richmond and Williamsburg

Westover Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia, 1750s. Photo.: Sarah Hauser, virginiaflair on Instagram.

Beautiful home interior. I love that it looks both rustic and refined (mainly the floors). With a sprinkling of modern art here and there, this would be a perfect living space to me.

Westover Plantation - Williamsburg VA

Westover Plantation - Williamsburg VA

Berkley Plantation, Virginia - The handsome Adam woodwork and the double arches of the ‘Great Rooms’ in the mansion were installed by Benjamin Harrison VI in 1790 at the  direction of Thomas Jefferson.

Berkley Plantation, Virginia - The handsome Adam woodwork and the double arches of the ‘Great Rooms’ in the mansion were installed by Benjamin Harrison VI in 1790 at the direction of Thomas Jefferson.

Pineapples were a common decorative motif in Colonial America.  Today, there is some debate on whether it actually symbolized hospitality (some say a 20th Century myth), a confluence with the already popular pinecone symbolizing fertility and abundance, or was it just a celebration of a highly sought-after though rare fruit at the time?

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Titanic's pineapple finials may owe their origins to pineapple motifs such as this doorway at Shirley Plantation, begun in

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