A Richmond Gem

Romantic Retreats - Destinations

A Part Of England In Richmond

Although I've lived in Richmond, Virginia for nearly 40 years, I daresay i've still missed many of its treasures. The Virginia House, now owned by the Virginia Historical Society, is one of those gems. Last weekend, I was introduced firsthand to this Richmond landmark in stately Windsor Farms, a building that first resided in Banbury, England.

The occasion was a wedding reception (my friend Linda was a beautiful bride, and her joy was apparent and well deserved!). The reception was held at the Virginia House - inside for the first half hour, till the spring storm moved past, and then outside in the gardens. The house itself is rich and classic. The well-tended gardens are full of interesting plants, many labeled. The focus doesn't seem to be blooms as much as diversity.

Virginia House, less than 30 minutes from downtown Richmond, is a historical and architecturally rich estate. Besides wedding, the Virginia House opens its door to visitors by appointment.

Partially built from a 12th century priory, the house now serves as museum whose immense grounds and intricate decorations are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.



Read More The Virginia House found itself in Richmond with help from Alexander and Virginia Weddell. The Weddells purchased the priory at a demolition sale in 1925. The priory was deconstructed and bought over brick by brick from England and used to build Virginia House. The house was completed in 1928 and the Weddells remained tenants till their death in 1948.

Tours of the museum and the garden can be made by appointment. It's a worthwhile site for local visitors or travelers on vacation. Their current exhibit, Warwick to Windsor Farms: Building Virginia House, is currently on display. Besides hosting weddings and receptions, the museum sponsors events for children and adults.

Information about tours and events, as well as more information on the history of the building and its move from England, can be found by calling 803-353-4251 or by visiting the Virginia Historical Society / Virginia House web site.

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