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028-0005 Blandfield

Photo credit: DHR, 1993

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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

NRHP Reference Number 69000238

Robert Beverley II, member of one of Virginia’s great landed families, began planning this plantation mansion in the late 1760s. Although the house was ready for occupancy by 1774, Beverley continued construction and the ordering of furniture over the next twenty years. The resulting five-part structure is an outstanding interpretation of English Palladianism and represents colonial American house building at its grandest. The massive center section is highlighted by pedimented pavilions and is flanked by connected two-story dependencies framing a wide forecourt, all constructed with exceptionally fine brickwork. Both the exterior and the floor plan follow illustrations in James Gibbs’s Book of Architecture (1728). In 1844 the original woodwork was replaced with plain Greek Revival trim. Blandfield was sold by the Beverleys in 1983 to Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wheat, Jr., who undertook a meticulously researched restoration, reconstructing the interior’s 18th-century appearance. Blandfield is a centerpiece of Essex County’s Occupacia-Rappahannock Rural Historic District.

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

Updated: May 10, 2021