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091-0031 Hunting Quarter

Hunting Quarter
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 04/28/1995

NRHP Listing Date 04/07/1995

NRHP Reference Number 95000396

A classic example of traditional 18th-century plantation architecture, Hunting Quarter was built sometime after 1745, when Capt. Henry Harrison inherited the Sussex County property from his father, Benjamin Harrison of Berkeley. Henry Harrison was the brother of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and participated in the French and Indian War, serving at Fort Duquesne. The property remained in the Harrison family until 1887. Little altered over the past two centuries, the exterior is distinguished by its gambrel roof, a form favored for mid-size plantation houses. The interior, with its paneled mantels and doors, and an unusual modillion cornice in the principal room, preserves its colonial flavor. On the grounds of Hunting Quarter are an early smokehouse and a family cemetery. Surrounding the curtilage are the level fields characteristic of the southeastern Virginia countryside.

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

Updated: July 1, 2021