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Carter's Grove Carter's Grove

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Located eight miles southeast of the Historic Area on the James River, Carter's Grove was home to Virginia's earliest settlers in the 1600s, to proud plantation owners and enslaved field workers in the 1700s and 1800s, and to a 20th-century couple who preserved and embellished the property's historic appeal in the 1930s and 1940s. The stately Georgian mansion has been called "the most beautiful house in America." The grounds include the reconstructed 18th-century slave quarters, which represents life as it was lived by the vast majority of the inhabitants of the Chesapeake – both black and white. Two double houses, a corncrib, a single-family dwelling, small garden plots, and chicken pens positioned around a courtyard represent a small slave community.

Also located on the property is Wolstenholme Towne, a partially reconstructed settlement and fort, and The Winthrop Rockefeller Archaeology Museum.