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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

057-0007 Hesse

Hesse
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/20/1973

NRHP Listing Date 02/12/1974

NPS property number 74002137

Named for the German landgraviate, Hesse was the seat of the Armisteads, a colonial family whose members, by virtue of marriage, were progenitors or relatives of nearly every leading landed family in Virginia. Archaeological investigation has revealed the foundations of the original colonial house which burned in 1798. It was replaced soon afterwards by the present brick structure, erected a few feet away. The situation of both houses was likely chosen because of the impressive view of Godfrey Bay at the mouth of the Piankatank River. The present house, with its formal, five bay facades and paneled woodwork, illustrates the persistence of traditional Georgian forms in Virginia’s eastern counties during the Federal period. The house was meticulously restored in the late 1970s at which time the gambrel-roof wings were added.


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

Updated April 4, 2018