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091-0021 Chester

Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 10/06/1970

NRHP Listing Date 12/18/1970

NRHP Reference Number 70000829

The massive exterior-end chimney structure, complete with windowed pent closets, lends architectural potency to the late 18th-century plantation house of Chester in Sussex County. This type of chimney construction served a practical function by accommodating several fireplaces of a relatively large timber-frame house in a single structure. Chester was built for Capt. William Harrison in 1793, a date found on five inscribed bricks. Consistent with the quality of the exterior is the Georgian interior woodwork, nearly all of which is intact. The principal first-floor rooms are embellished with paneled chimneypieces flanked by fluted pilasters. Except for the addition of a two-story ca. 1820 wing, Chester remains without significant alteration. The house stood in neglected condition for many years but was purchased by a descendant of the builder in 1969 and carefully restored.

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

Updated: June 30, 2021