Burnt Quarter

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The earliest portion of the venerable plantation house at Burnt Quarter in Dinwiddie County was built in the mid-18th century for Robert Coleman. Evolved to its present form by additions and changes, the rambling frame structure has interior woodwork in Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles. The plantation, one of the oldest continuously operated farms in the region, derives its name from British Colonel Banastre Tarleton’s burning of a grain quarter on one of his marauding expeditions during the Revolutionary War. On April 1, 1865, the Burnt Quarter property became the scene of fierce fighting during the Battle of Five Forks. The house was used as a Union headquarters. A series of family portraits, slashed by the soldiers, still hang unrepaired on the parlor walls.

Last Updated: September 27, 2023

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

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