Mount Airy (NRIS 66000845)

Address: W of Warsaw on U.S. 360, Warsaw, Virginia. County/parish: Richmond.

1 contributing building.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places October 15, 1966.

Also known as:

  • Mount Airy Plantation

From Wikipedia:

Mount Airy Plantation

Mount Airy, near Warsaw in Richmond County, Virginia, built in 1764, is a mid-Georgian plantation house, the first built in the manner of a neo-Palladian villa. Colonel John Tayloe II, perhaps the richest Virginia planter of his generation, constructed it. His daughter Rebecca and her husband, Francis Lightfoot Lee, one of the only pair of brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence (Richard Henry Lee being the other brother,) are buried on the estate, as are many other Tayloes. Before the American Civil War, Mount Airy was a prominent racing horse farm, as well as headquarters of about 10-12 separate slave plantations along the Rappahannock River (comprising some 60,000 acres). Mount Airy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark as well as on the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is still privately owned by Tayloe's descendants.

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Winney Grimshaw

Winney Grimshaw (1826 – ?) was an enslaved African-American woman at Mount Airy Plantation in Richmond County, Virginia. The Grimshaws are one of the most well-documented enslaved families who lived at Mount Airy. Though the Grimshaws were a well-regarded slave family at Mount Airy, it wasn’t enough to keep their master from dissolving her family ties.

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Architects:

  • Ariss, John

Architectural styles:

  • Georgian
  • Other

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/66000845

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