Powhatan Rural Historic District

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The acreage of the Powhatan Rural Historic District, located within the Rappahannock River valley of King George County, represents a significant reassemblage of the land holdings of Edward Thornton Tayloe, a member of the U.S. diplomatic service in the mid-18th-century and one of Virginia’s most affluent planters of that era. While the Tayloe family lands were sold off in parcels throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Raymond R. Guest began to reassemble them in 1955. The approximately 1092-acre district contains three distinct historic residential farm clusters, as well as two post-1950 stable complexes and several other auxiliary residential and agricultural buildings. At the largest scale, the district has much the same appearance that it had historically. The antebellum Tayloe residences of Powhatan and Mount Ida remain in their original locations in the midst of agricultural settings. No antebellum agricultural structures remain within the Powhatan Rural Historic District, nor do any slave dwellings. As a result there has been a loss of some of the details of farm and plantation life as the property has evolved into a modem horseracing farm and rural estate.
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Last Updated: June 23, 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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