First a walk through the grapevines to once was the back of the mansion. A plantation that consisted of 1,300 acres and was built between 1768 and 1771and owned by William Fitzhugh.
The house, Georgian style overlooks the Rappahannock river was named for William Pitt , the Earl of Chatham.
After parking the car we walk to Chatham mansion through beautiful grape vines and roses.
Entering the iron gate is a look to left and right of the front gardens.
This actually used to be the back of the mansion - plantation homes entrances faced the water.
Many fragrant roses
bust among the roses on back wall
In the background is the Summer house
Famous visitors to mansion were William Henry Harrison, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
There were others that came later because of the Civil War.
I will post a few pictures inside in next post.......
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