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Edenetta, located in the Occupacia-Rappahannock Rural Historic District, was the plantation and family seat for two of Essex County’s most prominent and long-established families, the Warings and the Baylors. The antebellum history of the property is represented by the significant number of buildings, structures, and agricultural fields it retains, which were shaped by the enslaved African Americans who worked there for decades. Edenetta’s historic antebellum resources illustrate the wealth and productivity generated by an enslaved workforce. The main house at Edenetta was built around 1800 in a Federal style and renovated about 1850 with Greek Revival–style elements. Architectural features from both building campaigns survive today including well-preserved, undamaged mantels and plasterwork more than 150 years old. Edenetta also retains an intact early-19th-century domestic complex and a historic family cemetery.

Last Updated: March 12, 2024

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

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