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Powhatan Plantation HouseThe Georgian-style house was developed on a big tract of land about 1735 by its owner, Virginia architect and also planter Richard Taliaferro (1705-1779), that spent many of his adult life there. Like plenty of eighteenth century houses in Virginia"s assistant Region, the exterior is make of brick in the Flemish link style and also has a i know well roof with symmetrically-placed chimneys top top the sides.

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Powhatan Plantation"s dining room
Upon Richard"s death, his son and also daughter-in-law, Richard, Jr. And Rebecca, inherited the property. They raised their ten kids in the manor house and also continued running the flourishing plantation. Rebecca survived her husband and lived there till she passed in 1810. Powhatan Plantation was sold at that time.
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A illustration room in the kai Plantation Manor House
During the polite War, Union troops under the command of general George McClellan collection fire come the house, ruining the interior. The structure was restored in 1948.

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Another of powhatan Plantation Manor House"s illustration rooms

While visiting early american Williamsburg several days after I"d been to kai Plantation, I quit dead in mine tracks together I approached the Wythe House, situated along the palace Green. The reason the powhatan Plantation Manor House had looked so acquainted to me was that the Wythe House, which I"ve seen many times throughout my regular visits come the eighteenth century town, was nearly identical to it.After a bit much more research, i learned that Richard Taliaferro designed and built the Wythe House around 1754. A compare of the former of the houses shows the exterior similarities.
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The Wythe house in colonial Williamsburg
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Powhatan Plantation Manor House
In 1755, Taliaferro"s daughter Elizabeth married influential Virginia lawyer George Wythe (pronounced "with") who was climate serving in the house of Burgesses in Williamsburg. (Wythe later on went top top to authorize the declaration of Independence and also helped structure the U.S. Constitution). Taliaferro gave the Williamsburg home to the newlyweds and also it"s been recognized as "The Wythe House" ever after.Richard Taliaferro was described by among his peers together a "most skillful architect" and also was selected come supervise repairs to the Governor"s royal residence in Williamsburg around 1750.Today, the wharf Plantation Manor house is the centerpiece that "The historic Powhatan Resort" owned by Diamond resorts International. The is located at 3601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Virginia.All photographs ©Cynthia Howerter
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