Porto Bello, Queens Creek, Camp Peary Military Reservation, Williamsburg, York County, VA
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Camp Peary Military Reservation, Williamsburg vicinity, VA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS VA-1367
Building/structure dates: 1800 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1915 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1920 subsequent work
National Register Number: 19730413
Significance: During the short term as royal governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore acquired some extensive tracts of land in the western part of the state, and a country plantation on the York River called Porto Bello. "His Lordship's country House at Porto Bello" was a convenient six miles from Williamsburg, and although its ownership by the governor was short lived, it figured in the dramatic final states of Virginia's colonial period. ... The site remains in a largely undisturbed state, and archaeological excavation might establish whether the present building is Dunmore's or whether the depression to the north is the Revolutionary period house. The site of Porto Bello is an important landmark of Virginia in her role in the colony's move to independence. From here the state's last royal governor fled open patriot hostility, forced back to the safety of his shipboard headquarters. The revolutionary character of the colony had changed from defiance to militance, and the first armed clash between Virginia and British forces at the Battle of Great Bridge was five months away.
U.S. Department Of The Navy
Bright, Samuel F.
Bright, Susan H.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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