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021-0012 Carter Hall

Carter Hall
Photo Date: 2017

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VLR Listing Date 06/19/1973

NRHP Listing Date 07/24/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002003

With its stately architecture and beautifully landscaped park, Carter Hall presents an idealized image of antebellum Southern gentility. The house was erected in the late 1790s for Col. Nathaniel Burwell, originally of Carter’s Grove in James City County. The massive Ionic portico was added in 1814 by Burwell’s son, George Burwell. In 1862, the Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson set up headquarters here, using the park as his campground. The plantation was purchased in 1930 by pharmaceutical magnate Gerard Lambert, who commissioned New York architect Harry T. Lindeberg to undertake an extensive remodeling. Lindeberg removed a cupola and had the stucco removed from the stone walls. The Georgian-style woodwork and flying spiral stair are also Lindeberg’s design. The beautiful park, located in the Greenway Rural Historic District, provides one of Virginia’s most impressive landscape settings for a historic house. Carter Hall has most recently served as the headquarters of the People to People Health Foundation, also known as Project HOPE.

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

Updated: May 11, 2021