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016-0004 Camden

Photo credit: DHR, ca 1969

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VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/17/1969

NHL Listing Date 11/11/1971

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 69000228

This wooden mansion, on the southeast bank of the Rappahannock River in Caroline County, is one of the nation’s outstanding examples of the Italian Villa style, and was designed by Norris G. Starkweather of Baltimore for William Carter Pratt. Camden was built on the site of an earlier Pratt house and was completed in 1859. Technologically as well as architecturally advanced, Camden was equipped with the latest conveniences including central heating, gas lighting, running water in each bedroom, inside toilets, and a shower bath. An elaborate tower was destroyed by a Union gunboat in 1863. Preserved inside are original furnishings, carpeting, and curtains, as well as Starkweather’s architectural drawings. Located on the river’s edge, the house served a large plantation still owned by the Pratt family. Also on the Camden property is a contact period Indian archaeological site which yielded two English silver medals inscribed “The King of the Machotick” and “The King of Patomeck.”

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

Updated: July 18, 2022