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127-0141 Wilton

Wilton
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/21/1975

NRHP Listing Date 04/30/1976

NRHP Reference Number 76002231

The high-style Georgian mansion built in 1750-53 for William Randolph III originally stood on a site overlooking the James River in eastern Henrico County, some fifteen miles east of its present location. Because of the threatened industrial development of its surroundings, the house was purchased by the National Society of Colonial Dames in America in 1933 and had it dismantled and carefully re-erected on a new site overlooking the James in Richmond’s west end. The accuracy of the rebuilding preserved the integrity of the house as an architectural landmark. With its regular five-bay facades and geometric proportions, Wilton is a superb essay in colonial design. Every room is fully paneled, and its main stair with its spiral-carved balusters shows colonial artistry and craftsmanship at their best. Wilton now serves as a museum of colonial architecture and decorative arts.


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


Updated: February 18, 2021