"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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Visiting Virginia House

Photograph of front of Virginia House


Virginia House is open by appointment only.  Contact Kathryn Lewis at klewis@vahistorical.org or 804.353.4251 for more information.


Adults: $6
Seniors (65 and older):  $5
Children/students:  $4
Free for VHS members

Please note: During Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the Virginia House Gardens will be open Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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 and was constructed from the materials of a sixteenth century English manor house. Although Virginia House was a blend of three romantic English Tudor designs, it was for its time a thoroughly modern home complete with seven full baths, central heat, 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 Virginia House rests on were designed by Charles Gillette and provide a rich backdrop to the house throughout the year. The house has been preserved much as it was when the Weddells resided there.

Virginia House is available as a rental property for smaller occasions.

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Kathryn Lewis (Virginia House Site Manager)

Kathryn Lewis, Virginia House Site Manager

Are you interested in visiting Virginia House museum and gardens? You may set up an appointment or register for one of our programs by contacting me at klewis@VirginiaHistory.org or 804.353.4251.

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