Charles Irving Thornton Tombstone

The Charles Irving Thornton tombstone in the Thornton family cemetery at Oak Hill in Cumberland State Forest is the only tangible reminder of Charles Dickens’s visit to the Commonwealth during […]


Westover is perhaps the nation’s premier example of colonial Georgian architecture as well as one of Virginia’s earliest and grandest plantation mansions. It was built ca. 1730 by William Byrd […]

Upper Weyanoke

Archaeological investigations at Upper Weyanoke, a James River plantation in Charles City County, reveal an almost unbroken succession of settlements from the late 17th to the late 19th century. The […]

Edge Hill

On a bluff above the Matta River in Caroline County, Edge Hill is the setting of two historic buildings: a brick plantation house and an antebellum academy building. The house, […]

Castle Hill

The earliest portion of the two-part Castle Hill house is a traditional colonial Virginia frame dwelling, built in 1764 by Dr. Thomas Walker, a colonial leader and explorer of the […]