Weston Manor is an excellent example of late Georgian plantation architecture, and is one of the few plantation houses left on the lower Appomattox River. The house retains a rural atmosphere on its commanding bluff overlooking the river, despite the residential development that took place on its surrounding farmland. Weston Manor is one of a group of plantation homes associated with the Eppes family, including Appomattox Manor and Eppington. William and Christine Eppes Gilliam purchased the property during the second half of the 18th century and probably constructed the house in the 1780s. The house is notable for containing nearly all of its original architectural fabric including the original beaded weatherboards, window sash and interior woodwork.
During the Civil War the house was shelled by a Northern gunboat and later used as the headquarters of Union General Philip Sheridan. Noted photographer Mathew Brady recorded an image of Weston Manor during the occupation by the Union army. In the mid-1970s, Raymond Broyhill donated the house to the Historic Hopewell Foundation. Weston Manor continues to be maintained by the Historic Hopewell Foundation and is now open to the public as a historic house museum and cultural center.
Weston Manor is located west of 21st Ave. on Weston Ln. south of Virginia Rte. 10, in Hopewell. It is open April-October, Monday-Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm, Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. There is an admission fee. Please call 804-458-4682 or visit the house's website.
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