A few more in-depth articles for those interested in learning more about Northern Neck architectural history.

(This page is in progress - complete articles coming soon!) 

Belle Isle, Palladio, and Carter’s Grove: A formidable connection

By Dana Hall MA, Art and Architectural History

From the Governor’s Palace, Kingsmill, Cleve, Carter’s Grove, and Belle Isle, a formidable connection can be made linking Palladio and English classicism, including its Palladian Revival style, to fine Virginia Architecture in the 18th century. This paper examines the legacy of Virginia’s Carter, Burwell and Griffin families that is exemplified by their extensive building programs and their shared enthusiasm for classic design.ragraph here.  To read the full article, click here.

Architectural Influences in Northumberland County: The Double Portico of Palladio Interpreted by the Hardings and Other Families in the Greek Revival Style

       By Dana Hall MA, Art and Architectural History

     A surprising number of historic houses in Northumberland County survive with impressive classical double porticos.  This paper discusses the origins of the classical double portico in the work of the Renaissance Italian architect Palladio and early examples of Palladio’s influence on American architecture of the eighteenth century.

     Palladio’s influence continued well into the nineteenth century in Northumberland County in double-portico Greek Revival houses associated with the Harding family — Wheatland, Clover Dale and Springfield. These houses inspired several later manifestations of the double portico in the county, both in new houses and in stylistic updates to earlier structures.


Wheatland                                                                             Clover Dale                                                             Springfield