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068-0106 Tetley

Photo credit: Geoff Henry, 1990

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VLR Listing Date 12/11/1990

NRHP Listing Date 02/05/1991

NRHP Reference Number 91000018

Beautifully situated in the pastoral landscape of Orange County’s Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District, an area renowned for its country estates, Tetley in antebellum times was a 1500-acre plantation owned by William Smith. Smith was a captain in the Virginia militia and became one of the county’s largest landowners. His brick mansion, built around 1843, was a finely appointed structure exhibiting influences of both the Federal and Greek Revival styles. Its similarity to area houses designed by master builder William A. Jennings favors an attribution. Smith died in 1856 leaving among his possessions fifty-eight slaves valued at over $100,000. The plantation was purchased by Charles Stoven who renamed it Tetley after a family home in England. Changes were made to both the house and gardens when the estate was purchased by the Eriksen family in 1944. On the grounds are an original octagonal icehouse, a kitchen outbuilding, and two slave houses.

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

Updated: August 5, 2021