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050-0070 Windsor Shades

Windsor Shades
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 12/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 05/22/1978

DHR Virginia Board of Historic Resources Easement

NRHP Reference Number 78003025

Windsor Shades, sometimes known as Waterville, is a little-altered colonial planter’s house in King William County. Although built of wood and employing a gambrel roof, the house has much of the refinement found in the larger houses of the period. A distinguishing feature is the massive east chimney structure, incorporating two stacks and five fireplaces, one of which is an unusually large basement kitchen fireplace. The chimney structure also contains two closets, each with a window. A fine Georgian stair graces the center passage. The parlor is embellished with a Georgian chimneypiece and paneled wainscoting. With the loss of county records, the early history of Windsor Shades remains veiled. The house may have been built ca. 1750 by Augustine Claiborne. The Windsor Shades property was later owned by the Ruffins, and then the Chamberlayne family.  Since listing in the registers in the mid-to-late 1970s, wings have been added to both ends of the house.

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

Updated: August 8, 2022