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Virginia House

Brick façade of the Virginia House located on a green lawn and garden.

Formerly an English manor house, Virginia House was relocated to Richmond in 1925. The home is now owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society, the parent organization of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

Work on Virginia House was completed a few months before the stock market crash of 1929. Designed by Alexander and Virginia Weddell, the home is situated on a hillside overlooking the historic James River. It was built with the materials of a sixteenth-century English manor house, which was meticulously deconstructed. Although Virginia House is a blend of three romantic English Tudor designs, the Weddells' design made it a thoroughly modern home, complete with seven full baths, central heat, a modern kitchen, and commodious closets.

Mrs. Weddell’s appreciation of style is evident as the visitor moves through rooms decorated with English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, Oriental carpets, and fine silver and china. The nearly eight acres of gardens and grounds that surround Virginia House were designed by the noted landscape architect Charles Gillette and provide a rich backdrop throughout the year. The house has been preserved much as it was when the Weddells resided there.

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