United States, Virginia, New Kent County, Tunstall Station
Hampstead (Tunstall Station, Virginia)
ca 1930s, 1960s
The Federal style house was built ca. 1825 by Colonel Conrad Webb, and overlooks the Pamunkey River. Some colonial era plantings on the property predate the house. There was a terraced garden leading to the river, at one time called the most elaborate in the state. The property was planted with magnolia trees, crape myrtle and boxwood bordered garden beds that contained old-fashioned flowers, and also had undisturbed old-growth forest trees.
The red brick house has identical porticoes in the front and back that are supported by four two-story columns, in the style identified with Adams. Also there are walls on the property built of red brick. The original roof parapet, of early 19th c. design survives and was studied as a model for the restoration of Virginia's capital building in Richmond, in the 1980s when the property was owned by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wallace. An overseer's house with wooden siding also was found on the property.
Persons associated with the garden include the Webb family, Colonel Conrad Webb (former owner, 1825- ) and Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wallace (former owner, 1950s-1980s).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles about the property.
This property is featured in Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia, published by the Garden Club of America (1962), pp. 313-315 and Old Virginia Houses along the James, Vol. 2, by Emmie Ferguson Farrar, (1957)