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Westover

Charles City, Virginia
County of Charles City.
7 miles west of Charles City Court House on Virginia 5
National Register Number: 66000923
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2004.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: House is private, but grounds are open to the public..
Web Site: www.jamesriverplantations.org/westover.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
This is the ancestral seat of the Byrd family in Virginia. The present stately 2-1/2-story brick mansion (c. 1730-1734) of early Georgian style is notable for the quality of its construction and for its completeness of design. It was built by William Byrd II (1674-1744), a planter, public official, and author especially noted for his posthumously published letters and diaries.

Condition:
For further information, please see www.jamesriverplantations.org/westover.html.

The site lost ten feet of riverbank, a 250 year old road, and a 150 year old poplar from the south lawn to Hurricane Isabel. No damage was done to the house.


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