P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House

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The P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House was built in 1900-1901 for Pembroke Decatur Gwaltney, Jr., who took his family meat business to national prominence with the Smithfield ham before his death in 1936. The elaborately detailed, Queen Anne-style home, located in the Smithfield Historic District in Isle of Wight County, is based on style no. 45 of George F. Barber’s Modern Dwellings: A Book of Practical Designs and Plans for Those Who Wish to Build or Beautify Their Homes. The exterior is clad in wood clapboard and shingles and stands on a granite foundation. It features a corner turret, a wraparound porch, a tile roof, and copper finials on the turret and gazebo. The equally grand interior contains an imposing stair in the front hall, elaborate paneling, and impressive mantels. The P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House has an exceptionally high degree of integrity, with most of its original fixtures and finishes. Much of the construction was carefully documented in notes kept by Gwaltney that were used by his family to rehabilitate and restore the dwelling.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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