Commanding a sweeping view across Chincoteague Bay atop terraced grounds, the plantation house at Corbin Hall was perhaps the most academic example of Georgian architecture on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Its Flemish-bond brick walls were accented by rubbed-brick belt courses, gauged-brick lintels, and two handsome Palladian windows. Inside Corbin Hall was a wealth of original woodwork, including a fully paneled parlor and a Georgian stair. The dominant interior feature was a tall stair-hall arch framed by fluted pilasters set on pedestals. The house was built for George Corbin on land in Accomack County purchased by his father in 1745. The construction date of 1787 is assumed from two inscribed bricks. Corbin Hall’s proximity to the Maryland border and its similarity to contemporary Maryland Eastern Shore architecture, suggest that the house may have been constructed by Maryland craftsmen.
Corbin Hall was destroyed by fire in 2000, and the property was subsequently removed from the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark