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047-0010 Kingsmill Plantation Archaeological District

Kingsmill Plantation Archaeological District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/21/1972

NRHP Listing Date 04/26/1972

NRHP Reference Number 72001401

This large tract along the James River boasts a series of colonial archaeological sites excavated by state archaeologists between 1972 and 1976 under the sponsorship of Anheuser Busch, Inc. The principal site (shown), marked by a pair of brick dependencies, is of the ca. 1736 mansion of Lewis Burwell. Excavations showed the house to have had a formal plan, elaborate paved forecourt, terraced gardens, and numerous outbuildings. Burwell’s Landing nearby, contains an 18th-century warehouse and tavern site, as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War fortifications. In addition, three 17th-century sites provided information on the material culture in the early colonial period. These and various other sites have been preserved and incorporated into the landscap-ing scheme of Kingsmill on the James, a residential community developed by Busch Properties, Inc.

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

Updated April 4, 2018