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Plantation Homes of the James River

by Bruce Roberts

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PUBLISHED: 30th April 1990
ISBN: 9780807842782
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Bruce Roberts presents a photographic tour of fourteen of the famous colonial Virginia plantation houses nestled along the shores of the Lower James River from Richmond east to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Now carefully restored, often with the original furnishing, these houses are glorious monuments to a bygone era.
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  • Paperback
    $53.00
PUBLISHED: 30th April 1990
ISBN: 9780807842782
ANNOTATION:
Bruce Roberts presents a photographic tour of fourteen of the famous colonial Virginia plantation houses nestled along the shores of the Lower James River from Richmond east to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Now carefully restored, often with the original furnishing, these houses are glorious monuments to a bygone era.

Annotation

Bruce Roberts presents a photographic tour of fourteen of the famous colonial Virginia plantation houses nestled along the shores of the Lower James River from Richmond east to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Now carefully restored, often with the original furnishing, these houses are glorious monuments to a bygone era.

Publisher Description

Bruce Roberts takes us on a photographic tour of fourteen of the famous colonial Virginia plantation houses nestled along the shores of the Lower James River from Richmond east to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Now carefully restored, often with the original furnishings, these houses are glorious monuments to a bygone era.

If you have never visited the James River plantations, this book will inspire you to plan a trip there. If you have, you will find this book a wonderful memento of a special place. Robert's 141 color photographs capture the magnificent exteriors of the houses, as well as their gardens and grounds, and offer rare and intimate glimpses of their interiors and furnishings. The plantations portrayed include Shirley Plantation, one of the oldest in America; Belle Air Plantation, with its unique seventeenth-century frame house containing America's finest Jacobean staircase; and Westover Plantation, site of the elegant Georgian home built by William Byrd II.

The text provides histories of the plantations, presenting them as places where real people lived and workedand still do, in many cases. While the plantations share some common history, each reflects the individual characteristics of the men, women, and children who lived there. In the dining room at Berkeley Hundred, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and eight other presidents enjoyed meals and discussed affairs of state. At Carter's Grove, Roberts photographed the "Refusal Room," where, according to local history, both Washington and Jefferson were refused in marriage by Virginia belles.

Today many of the plantation homes have been designated state and national historic sites, and with this book you can visit them and relive four hundred years of history.

Author Biography

Roberts is an award winning photographer who has served as senior travel photographer for Southern Living Magazine.

Review

Those who revel in more than four centuries of history can sit back and enjoy this sumptuous volume."Chattanooga Times"

Long Description

Bruce Roberts takes us on a photographic tour of fourteen of the famous colonial Virginia plantation houses nestled along the shores of the Lower James River from Richmond east to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Now carefully restored, often with the original furnishings, these houses are glorious monuments to a bygone era.If you have never visited the James River plantations, this book will inspire you to plan a trip there. If you have, you will find this book a wonderful memento of a special place. Robert's 141 color photographs capture the magnificent exteriors of the houses, as well as their gardens and grounds, and offer rare and intimate glimpses of their interiors and furnishings. The plantations portrayed include Shirley Plantation, one of the oldest in America; Belle Air Plantation, with its unique seventeenth-century frame house containing America's finest Jacobean staircase; and Westover Plantation, site of the elegant Georgian home built by William Byrd II.The text provides histories of the plantations, presenting them as places where real people lived and workedand still do, in many cases. While the plantations share some common history, each reflects the individual characteristics of the men, women, and children who lived there. In the dining room at Berkeley Hundred, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and eight other presidents enjoyed meals and discussed affairs of state. At Carter's Grove, Roberts photographed the "Refusal Room," where, according to local history, both Washington and Jefferson were refused in marriage by Virginia belles.Today many of the plantation homes have been designated state and national historic sites, and with this book you can visit them and relive four hundred years of history.

Product Details

Author
Bruce Roberts
Short Title
PLANTATION HOMES OF THE JAMES
Pages
128
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0807842788
ISBN-13
9780807842782
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
1990
Publication Date
1990-04-30
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
NC, US
Edition
1st
Audience
General/Trade