Tuesday, November 5, 2019

CHATHAM MANOR - PART 4

This is the last post on Chatham.  I don't have many more photos to share from here.  This seemed to be the back of the house but it was made to be the front entrance.  At one time there was a two-story Greek revival porch, but it was removed.  Now only the outline is visible.  You can read about its history here.  Also, if you would like to take a look on all my posts on Chatham Manor, you can click on the label at the bottom of this one entitled ‘Chatham_Manor_Fredericksburg_Va’. 
The house was built in the Georgian style somewhere between 1768 and 1771 according to the website, by William Fitzhugh, who was born in 1741.   You can see the original owners in the portraits I took photos of below.
William and his wife Ann Randolph.

We walked around part of the 12,000 square-foot house, but I didn't take many photos.  There are a total of ten rooms and only five were available for viewing by the general public. We saw portraits, information signs, some period furniture and a stone column from the original house.  The upstairs is closed though some rooms are used for park offices. This is another place we would like to go back to.
  One more painting and that was about it.
 The gardens were lovely and the house was built overlooking the Rappahannock River.  I enjoyed the smaller statues but I will show another view of this one.
Diana, goddess of the hunt. 





The building below used to be the old stables and is now the garage.
The crepe myrtles were everywhere.
and a reminder of the other flowers that were there.
I came across this ornate sundial, at least I think it is a sundial.
That's all for now.  I hope you enjoyed our walk around Chatham Manor.  Thank you for visiting and hope your day is a great one.





46 comments:

  1. It is a truly elegant place, and I did enjoy the tours you took us on. Thank you.

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  2. I love this place! So much history here.

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  3. What a gorgeous place! William Randolph's portrait reminds me of Gainsborough's Blue Boy.

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  4. I've enjoyed your blog posts on Chatham House Denise. The house is elegant and the grounds with all the different ornamental features must have been delightful to walk through and think about all that happened there in the past. Old portraits are fascinating as you study what is worn and usually there are references to the surrounding landscape. That copper lined double sink is also interesting too! I learn a lot about the history of your State from your visits to these places. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Linda, that makes me happy :) I love to study the old portraits in every detail. The jewelry fascinates me along with the clothes worn.

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  5. I did enjoy the walk around Chatham house,, beautiful gardens, and sculptures,, the flowers are amazing,

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  6. A beautiful manor house - thanks for sharing your beautiful photos

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    1. Hi Carol, you are very welcome and thank you :)

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  7. When I see huge property like this I always wonder who cleans the windows! Sorry, I couldn't resist that!

    Enjoyed reading your comments on my latest offering.

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    1. I know Valerie, I have a hard time keeping up with mine :) Thank you! I enjoy your writing, fun to read always.

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    1. Obrigado, desejo-lhe uma boa semana continuada :)

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    1. Thank you Natalia, I am happy you enjoyed Chatham :)

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  10. We visited this plantation YEARS ago. I loved your guided tour....and beautiful photos.

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    1. Hi Anni, how very interesting, fancy that! Glad you enjoyed the reminder :)

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  11. I really like that sink, the matrial it is made from and the shape... a beautiful place. when I see paintings of people like this, I always wonder if they really looked like that or if they were just painted that way. so different than we look today..

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    1. It was a beauty that's for sure. An interesting thought about the people in the paintings. Their photography of the day I suppose, but how exact is it? Depends on the talent of the painter I suppose, though even these artists capture something truly magnificent.

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  12. One wonders about the reason why someone would build such a huge extravagant home.

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    1. A status maybe? These days people build large places for the investment too. I can't imagine rumbling around in a big old house like that. Back in those days they had lots and lots of visitors, and they would have to have the room to entertain them for staying several nights. Me? I would much prefer a cozy little cottage or a log cabin on a mountain top :)

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  13. Thanks for the tour of Chatham Manor. You took such nice photographs!

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    1. You're very welcome Liberty Bell, happy you enjoyed and thank you :)

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  14. They have a dumbwaiter! I wish someone could do some repair work on the beautiful statues. The flowers are gorgeous!!!

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    1. Thank you Ginny :) I am hoping those statues will get their own renovation, just like the first one I shared.

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  15. Thanks for this tour. 12,000 square feet is might big.

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    1. You are very welcome Christine, it sure is :)

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  16. Hi Denise,
    What a beautiful old property set in such lovely grounds,you must have had a wonderful visit, super set of images.
    All the best ,
    John

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    1. Hi John, it was lovely to walk around, both house and garden. All the best to you too :)

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  17. it is a beautiful place, the paintings inside were especially lovely! the gardens, flowers and crepe myrtles are so pretty, when in bloom, the crepe myrtles give off quite the show!! 12,000 sf, i wonder if that large a home was really necessary. but i wonder that now too when i see all these huge homes being built!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, I always look at large homes that are being built now and wonder investment, lots of family, lots of visitors who stay? All of the above? Many reasons I suppose beside showing how wealthy you are.

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  18. Copper sink! Love our visits, D

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    1. Yes I loved that copper sink. Thanks Cloudia :)

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  19. I enjoyed visiting Chatham Manor through your posts, Denise. It's a lovely spot to visit. We often go there and enjoy the fact it is close. One of our favorite views of Fredericksburg is from Chatham.

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen, it was my first time here but will not be my last :)

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  20. It is a beautiful house. I love all of the statues!

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  21. William and Ann do seem like an important pair. It’s fascinating to see the finery and background imagery included to give their portraits a regal flair.

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    1. Thank you Penelope, I believe a lot of little touches in these paintings are also symbolic :)

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