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079-0015 Sabine Hall

Sabine Hall
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 1992

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

NHL Listing Date 04/15/1970

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easements

NRHP Reference Number 69000277

Robert (“King”) Carter’s three sons each built a Georgian mansion on a plantation given to them by their father. Of the three only Sabine Hall, the ca. 1738-42 home of Landon Carter, survives. Still owned by Carter’s descendants, the architecturally formal mansion was endowed with the requisite geometric proportions and fine brickwork, and was enriched with rusticated sandstone center bays. A ca. 1829 remodeling, resulted in the present window sash, the north portico, and the lowering of the hipped roof. The wings are also later alterations, although the southeast wing incorporates an early dependency. The stately paneled hall is one of the country’s finest colonial rooms. The carved walnut stair, ascending in a lateral passage, likewise is one of the finest of the period. Sabine Hall’s terraced garden, which retains its original layout, is an important example of formal colonial landscaping.

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

Updated: June 21, 2021