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048-0015 Nanzatico

Nanzatico
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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 69000250

The architectural formality and that could be achieved in a relatively small wooden house is demonstrated at Nanzatico, a plantation dwelling on banks of the Rappahannock River. The house is traditionally dated ca. 1770, when owned by the Carter family; however, its architectural detailing suggests a date after 1780, following Thomas Turner’s purchase of the property. As built, Nanzatico was a near twin to Belle Grove upstream (before the latter’s ca. 1839 alterations) which also has an engaged Ionic portico, and projecting entrance hall with an interior elliptical arch. Richard and Yelverton Stern, builders of the also similar original house at Gay Mont, Caroline County (since burned), may have constructed both Belle Grove and Nanzatico. Unlike the others, Nanzatico survives almost unchanged. Many of the woodwork details appear to follow illustrations in Abraham Swan’s A Collection of Designs in Architecture, an 18th-century English design book.


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

Updated April 4, 2018