|Powhatan Plantation House|
The Georgian-style residence was constructed on a big tract of land about 1735 by its owner, Virginia architect and also planter Rictough Taliaferro (1705-1779), that spent many of his adult life tbelow. Like many type of eighteenth century homes in Virginia"s Tidewater Region, the exterior is made of brick in the Flemish bond style and also has a hip roof with symmetrically-put chimneys on the sides.
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|Powhatan Plantation"s dining room|
Upon Richard"s death, his son and also daughter-in-law, Ricdifficult, Jr. and Rebecca, inherited the home. They raised their ten kids in the manor house and also continued running the flourishing plantation. Rebecca survived her husband and lived tbelow until she passed in 1810. Powhatan Plantation was sold at that time.
|A illustration room in the Powhatan Plantation Manor House|
Throughout the Civil War, Union troops under the command also of General George McClellan set fire to the home, destroying the internal. The structure was recovered in 1948.
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|Another of Powhatan Plantation Manor House"s drawing rooms|
While visiting Colonial Williamsburg a number of days after I"d been to Powhatan Plantation, I stopped dead in my tracks as I approached the Wythe Housage, situated along the Palace Green. The factor the Powhatan Plantation Manor House had actually looked so acquainted to me was that the Wythe House, which I"ve watched many type of times throughout my regular visits to the eighteenth century town, was nearly identical to it.After a little bit more research, I learned that Richard Taliaferro designed and also developed the Wythe Housage around 1754. A compariboy of the front of the dwellings reflects the exterior similarities.
|The Wythe House in Colonial Williamsburg|
|Powhatan Plantation Manor House|
In 1755, Taliaferro"s daughter Elizabeth married significant Virginia lawyer George Wythe (pronounced "with") that was then serving in the Housage of Burgesses in Williamsburg. (Wythe later on went on to sign the Declaration of Independence and helped framework the U.S. Constitution). Taliaferro gave the Williamsburg house to the newlyweds and also it"s been known as "The Wythe House" ever after.Ricdifficult Taliaferro was described by among his peers as a "the majority of skillful architect" and also was schosen to supervise repairs to the Governor"s Palace in Williamsburg around 1750.Today, the Powhatan Plantation Manor House is the centeritem of "The Historic Powhatan Resort" owned by Diamond Resorts International. It is situated at 3601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Virginia.All photographs ©Cynthia Howerter