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001-0038 Pitts Neck

Pitts Neck
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VLR Listing Date 02/17/1976

NRHP Listing Date 10/21/1976

NPS property number 76002088

The Pitts Neck dwelling house, probably built before 1756 for Robert Pitt IV, is one of the Eastern Shore’s more prominent mid-18th-century plantation houses. Chief among the interesting features of this formal, five-bay brick house is the scrolled soffit of the molded-brick doorway, a motif common on Georgian buildings in England but exceptionally rare in America. The doorway, along with other brickwork details combine with the interior paneling, and an earlier wing with a T-shaped chimney to make the house a document of colonial building motifs. Now somewhat isolated, the plantation was once the scene of much activity. A tobacco warehouse was operated by the Pitt family in the 18th century at the plantation’s Pocomoke River landing, which remained a regular stop for Chesapeake Bay steamers as late as 1924.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018