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Virginia’s Historic Homes and Gardens
By Pat and Chuck Blackley. ISBN 978-0-7603-2870-5. Copyright 2009. Hardcover with 128 pages including 148 color photographs, glossary, bibliography and index.
Explore the great homes and gardens of the Old Dominion in this stunning illustrated tour. From the first landing at Jamestown in 1607, Virginia has been at the forefront of the nation’s history and its architecture. The early Colonial-era residences formed the foundation for a storied tradition of fine homes, luscious gardens, and sprawling estates. Through the struggle for independence and the formative years of the young republic, prominent businessmen and politicians constructed grand homes that reflected worldly styles infused with uniquely American innovations. Thirty-one preserved and restored Virginia homes of presidents, chief justices, governors, generals, and merchants are detailed here in exquisite color photographs. Historic information accompanies the interior, exterior, garden, and landscaping photographs. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison’s Montpelier, and Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace are presented along with Smithfield Plantation, Point of Honor and the John Marshall House.