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050-0022 Elsing Green

Elsing Green
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

NHL Listing Date 11/11/1970

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 69000252

One of the state’s most impressive Tidewater plantations, Elsing Green is marked by a prodigious U-shaped house, a grand expression of colonial Virginia’s formal architecture. Stretched along the Pamunkey River in King William County, the plantation was owned in the 17th century by Col. William Dandridge. The Elsing Green property was purchased ca. 1753 by Carter Braxton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who probably built the main house. The house burned in the early 19th century, but its brick walls survived unmarred. Rebuilt within the walls, the house was long the home of the Gregory family. In the 1930s, during the ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Beverley D. Causey, architect Edward F. Sinnott restored the original roof pitch and installed 18th century-style woodwork. Edgar Rivers Lafferty, Jr., who purchased Elsing Green in 1949, developed the plantation into a model farm and wildlife preserve.

1971 NHL Nomination

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

Updated: November 23, 2022