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Shirley Plantation ca.1930-1999

Former owner:
Hill, Edward
Landscape Architect?:
Shurcliff, Arthur A (Arthur Asahel) 1870-1957
Former owners:
Carter, John & Elizabeth
Physical description:
3 folders+ 40 35 mm. slides, 8 photoprints, and 13 glass lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Charles City County, Charles City
Virginia
Charles City
Shirley Plantation (Charles City, Virginia)
Date:
1930
1930-1999
ca1930-1999
Notes:
Shirley Plantation was first granted to Sir Thomas West in 1613 and then re-granted to Captain Edward Hill in 1656. In 1723, Elizabeth Hill, who inherited the property, married John Carter. The garden itself reflects several periods. Shirley was used as a reference for colonial Revival gardens that Americans copied. The garden on the south side of the house was said to have been designed by Mary Carter in the early 1800s. Shirley was and is noted for its formal boxwood garden. The gardens, which were under restoration in 1998, are open to the public.
Persons associated with the property include: Sir Thomas West (land grant, 1613); Captain Edward Hill (land grant, 1656); Elizabeth Hill Carter (former owner, 1723); and Arthur A. Shurcliff (landscape architect?).
Summary:
Folders include worksheets, brochures, chronology, genealogy, tour script (1996), and copies of articles.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Alice B. Lockwood, ed., Gardens of Colony and State (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934), pp. 78-80
Garden has been featured in Edith Tunis Sale, ed., James River Garden Club, compiler, Historic Gardens of Virginia, (Richmond, Virginia: The William Byrd Press Inc., 1930), pp. 27-30
Garden has been featured in Edith Tunis Sale, ed., Manors of Virginia (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1909), pp. 125-133
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
VA012000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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