072-0045

Keswick

VLR Listing Date

11/19/1974

NRHP Listing Date

12/19/1974

NRHP Reference Number

74002144

Keswick in Powhatan County is situated on part of a 1500-acre land grant made to Charles Clarke in the early 1700s. Clarke was married to Marianne Salle, member of one of the area’s original Huguenot families. The present plantation house, an imposing H-shaped dwelling, was built ca. 1800 by Maj. John Clarke (1766-1844), one of Charles Clarke’s four sons and founder of the Bellona Arsenal. Echoing the H-shaped Tuckahoe directly across the James River, Clarke’s house survives with few modifications and preserves finely detailed woodwork. On the grounds is a collection of brick outbuildings among which is an enigmatic circular structure with a conical roof and central chimney. The complex has much to show about the physical layout and social organization of a Virginia plantation. With its riverside setting and broad level fields, Keswick remains a working farm and preserves its gentle agrarian ambience.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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