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047-0021 Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2021

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/21/1987

NRHP Listing Date 12/14/1987

NRHP Reference Number 87002149

Though conjuring up images of battlements and pageantry, Windsor Castle is, unlike its famous namesake, a typical example of the Virginia vernacular style. The oldest part began as a side-passage, double-pile house built in the third quarter of the 18th century. It was expanded in the early 1800s into a center-passage dwelling. The exterior is highlighted by its four exterior-end chimneys, the oldest of which has two sets of weatherings and a T-shaped stack, a chimney type in use in Virginia since the 17th century. Windsor Castle’s interior has a mixture of 18th- and 19th-century trim. In the oldest section is an original built-in walnut corner cupboard. The James City County property is one of the few 18th-century farmsteads in the Lower Peninsula to remain in continuous agricultural use and held by a succession of related owners.


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


Updated: May 17, 2021