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106-0002 Conjurer’s Neck Archaeological District

Conjurer’s Neck Archaeological District
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VLR Listing Date 06/18/2003

NRHP Listing Date 10/23/2003

NPS property number 03001090

Conjurer’s Neck Archaeological District is situated on a peninsula where Swift Creek meets the Appomattox River. It contains a prehistoric village site already listed on the state and national registers, as well as a portion of a major 18th-century plantation house built by the Kennon family. The site was named by early English explorers who allegedly encountered an Indian conjurer there. Richard Kennon settled on the land in the 1680s. One of his descendants constructed the Flemish-bond manor house between 1725 and 1750. It burned in 1879, and about half of the standing walls were used to create the present three-bay, two-story dwelling. Originally it was a five-bay house, similar to the Ludwell-Paradise House in Williamsburg. Archaeological investigation in 2002 provided information on the in-filled cellar remains of the house and remains of associated outbuildings. A prehistoric component at the site consists of an accumulation of Middle and Late Woodland lithics and ceramics likely related to the prehistoric site previously identified.


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

Updated April 4, 2018