Magnolia Grange

  • Address: 10020 Iron Bridge Road (VA 10)
  • Vicinity: E of Beach Rd
  • Phone: (804)796-1479
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums
  • Activity Category: Tour

Prominently situated in Chesterfield Court House, the 1823 home of William Winfree survives as a sophisticated Federal style plantation home, the finest of this style in the county. Many of the owners of Magnolia Grange held public office and were instrumental in dictating the county's political development. The name Magnolia Grange derives from a circle of magnolia trees and formal boxwood gardens that once graced the lawn, destroyed after the Civil War to cultivate further farmland.

The well-preserved house was based on designs from Asher Benjamin's American Builder's Companion (1806), an architectural pattern book used widely by Virginia builders. The house retains virtually all of its ornate woodwork; most significant are elaborate ceiling medallions and the Federal mantels with slender Ionic columns supporting an embellished entablature and deeply molded cornice. The house was restored in the 1970s, with extensive marbelizing and the installation of Zuber scenic wallpaper. In 1984 the site was acquired by Chesterfield County and is now a museum administered by the Chesterfield Historical Society. A variety of living history programs offered at Magnolia Grange bring the 19th century to life. - NPS

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1823/00/00 Asher Benjamin Consulting Architect Magnolia Grange is built for William Winfree, based on designs from Asher Benjamin's "American Builder's Companion".

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Particulars for Magnolia Grange:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Federal Style
Criteria Historic Event
Museum Type Museum
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 80004179
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Federal
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1823
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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Activity Category Tour

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