Built for Thomas Harris, this brick plantation house is one of the showplaces of the Upper James River. In 1834 it passed to Robert Beverley Randolph, who, with his father-in-law, Harry Heth, ran the Midlothian Coal Mines in neighboring Chesterfield County. The house's main hipped-roof Georgian section was built for Harris, but the two-story wings and many of the brick dependencies were added by Randolph. At the same time, Randolph had elaborate and idiosyncratic interior woodwork installed that closely resembles that in the south wing of Castlewood (CS4) in Chesterfield County. The one-bay, one-story portico with paired Ionic columns was added or heightened later to make an impressive entrance, but doing so upset the symmetry of the whole.
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