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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

042-0039 Totomoi

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 02/17/1976

NRHP Listing Date 12/12/1976

NPS property number 76002108

Named for Totopotomoy, husband of the queen of the Pamunkey Indians, who was slain in 1656 in a battle nearby, Totomoi is an undisturbed plantation complex in the midst of a rapidly developing area of Hanover County. The centerpiece is a ca. 1795 frame dwelling house which pre-serves its original side porches with their scalloped eaves, as well as an unusual two level entrance porch. The rear is dominated by a pair of chimney stacks connected by pent closets. Nearly all of the house’s original fabric, inside and out, survives. Complementing the scene are numerous early outbuildings, an informal park, a family cemetery, and a formal garden. The complex as a whole evokes a memorable picture of rural life in old Virginia. The property was granted to Thomas Tinsley in 1689 and is still owned by his descendants.

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

Updated April 4, 2018