Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Preservation: Battersea Plantation, VA
This plantation was the home of John Banister, first mayor of Petersburg, delegate to the Virginia Convention of 1776, the Continental Congress, and a signer of the Articles of Confederation.During the Virginia Campaign of 1781, British troops occupied the site. The plantation is in the process of restoring the house and is actively seeking donations to support its work.
The Battersea Foundation directs the restoration of the house which includes many unique architectural features. On the grounds is a rare orangery and other outbuildings.Recently, the exterior stucco on the main house was stabilized and repaired.