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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

123-0059 Battersea

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

See link(s) below to view additional documentation.

VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 69000344

With its sectioned massing, Battersea displays, perhaps best, the Anglo-Palladian influence on Virginia’s finer colonial plantation houses. The elegant but compact house was built in 1768 for John Banister, a Revolutionary delegate, congressman, and framer of the Articles of Confederation. Remodeled more than once, the house displays three part windows and much trim, both inside and out, which dates from the early 19th century. The elaborate Chinese lattice stair, however, based on a published design the English architect William Halfpenny, is original and is the finest example of its type in the state. The center block at one time had a two level portico, of which parts of the lower tier remain. Despite the development of much of the plantation’s former acreage, the house preserves a rural setting along the Appomattox River. Battersea is owned and exhibited by the city of Petersburg.

An updated nomination, including a detailed inventory of historic resources on the 35.5-acre property, archaeological research, and clarified periods, areas and levels of significance for Battersea was accepted in 2006.
[VLR Listed: 12/7/2005 & 4/12/2006; NRHP Listed: 1/27/2006, 5/26/2006 & 9/14/2006]

2006 Updated Nomination

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

Updated February 26, 2020