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Rochester House

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1746. VA 613 (1 mile north of VA 3 and VA 203), Lyells

This one-and-one-half-story yeoman's cottage is typical of dwellings that used to dot the Chesapeake landscape. The house, built by William Rochester, was in use until 1935. The building has an oak timber frame with mortise-andtenon joints. The walls are timber and brick nogging covered with weatherboards, and the large T–end chimney is Flemish bond brick. The structure has a steep gable roof and a full brick basement, with English bond below grade and Flemish bond above and a single-room-hall plan. The interior walls were originally plastered. An enclosed stairway leads to the loft or attic level, which also originally was finely finished. Near the house are several surviving nineteenth-century farm structures, including a corncrib.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Rochester House", [Warsaw, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 335-335.

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