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121-0008 Mathews Manor (Denbigh Plantation Archaeological Site)

Mathews Manor (Denbigh Plantation Archaeological Site)
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VLR Listing Date 12/02/1969

NRHP Listing Date 02/16/1970

NPS property number 70000873

Much has been learned of Virginia’s early domestic life from the archaeological work of Ivor Noel Hume of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Among the sites excavated by him in the 1960s is that of the first Mathews Manor house, a postmedieval house with a center chimney and projecting porch, built ca. 1626 for Capt. Samuel Mathews. The house burned and was replaced by a smaller house in the 1650s. Mathews returned to England in 1653, so the latter dwelling was probably constructed by his son Samuel Mathews, Jr., who served as governor of the colony under the English Commonwealth from 1656 to 1660. Also within the registered area is the site of an 18th century Digges family plantation house and several 17th century industrial sites. The manor house foundations have been capped and are preserved within a small park of a residential neighborhood.


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

Updated April 4, 2018