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Early Virginia Historic Homes
To understand the allure of the many historic homes in Central VA and Charlottesville, one must first have a sense of the deep colonial roots of our area. First, did you know that the name of our state – – Virginia – – came from the English Virginia Company which was a group of investors who sent 105 colonists from England to the New World in 1606 to establish a colony. At that time, everything along the eastern coast north of Florida was known as “Virginia”. The Jamestown colony was located on Virginia’s eastern Chesapeake Bay coast. Though Jamestown proved to be a survival challenge for the first colonists, nevertheless it was the first permanent English settlement in America. The English traditions run deep in Virginia, and Jamestown was the first capital of Virginia before it was moved to nearby Williamsburg.
The Revolutionary Period in Virginia
Virginia was instrumental in generating support for the revolt to separate from British rule. On May 15, 1776 the Virginia Convention declared itself to be a free independent state. George Washington, Patrick Henry, governor Thomas Jefferson (whose home is in Charlottesville), Lafayette, and other revolutionary participants operated from locations in Virginia such as Williamsburg. Revolutionary traditions in Virginia run deep.
Virginia’s Role in the Confederacy
Virginia’s homes and estates… many of which exist to this day… were shaped by the colonists’ efforts at economic survival. Early on, tobacco became a viable crop, and of course that required farms with acreage to support the agriculture. Virginians utilized slave labor to maintain the crops and the estates, and though part of the Confederacy, Virginia’s first vote was against secession from the Union. That vote was reversed, the capital of the Confederacy was moved to Richmond, and Virginia was the reluctant host of some of the most prominent battles of the Civil War. In our Charlottesville area there remain many Inns where soldiers rested overnight, estates where supplies were replenished, and homes that have been in the same family ever since the Civil War.
Virginia Homes Architecture Affected By Colonial History
When you drive through Virginia, you will see examples of homes from every era mentioned above. There are the careful white clapboard bungalows that remain from the Jamestown and Williamsburg influences. There are the practical two-story farm homes with multiple fireplaces for heat in each room. There are the large brick mansions and estates with rolling acreage which are now some of the most gorgeous equestrian properties on earth.
How Does History Affect Virginia’s Homes?
Colonial styling was English in origin and traditional in design. With a few exceptions like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate, Virginia homes were simple rectangles in design, one story or multiple stories tall. Rooms were rectangular. Older homes had their kitchens in outbuildings or on terrace levels where servants prepared food. If people come to Virginia looking for historic homes of innovative modern design… they are likely to be disappointed. Virginia now has builders who are offering the more modern open flowing floor plans and unique shapes and styles…. but that was not the case when our historic homes in Virginia were built. So it’s important for Virginia home buyers to anticipate the colonial styling and traditional nature of our homes inventory so that they will become part of the rich colonial heritage that continues to make Central Virginia a special scenic locale.