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c. 1700, c. 1800. 11800 John Tyler Hwy. (VA 5). Open by appointment
  • Belle Air (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Belle Air (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Belle Air (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Belle Air (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Belle Air (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Belle Air (Richard W. Longstreth)

This frame and clapboard house built as a plantation house by a descendant of David Clarke, who purchased the property in 1662, is an example of an upper-middle-class dwelling of c. 1700. The exposed interior frame and the Jacobean stair railing are features of the seventeenth century; the symmetrical facade, originally five bays, and central-passage plan belong to the eighteenth. Later (c. 1800) three bays were added to the facade and a detached kitchen was built.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Belle Air", [, 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, 358-359.

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