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Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wilton

 
 
Wilton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 5, 2015
1. Wilton Marker
Inscription. Wilton, an impressive example of Colonial American architecture and celebrated for its fully paneled interiors, was built c. 1753 for William Randolph Ill and his wife Anne Carter Harrison Randolph, both members of politically active families. This centerpiece of their 2,000 acre tobacco and wheat plantation was constructed by both free and enslaved masons and carpenters. William Randolph Ill died in 1761, leaving the management of Wilton to his widow.

Anne Randolph was active in the “Association for the Non Importation of English Goods” and offered hospitality to several important revolutionaries, George Washington stayed here after attending the Second Virginia Convention in March of 1775 where he heard Patrick Henry's stirring speech ending in "Give me liberty or give me death." The Marquis de LaFayette and nine hundred troops made their headquarters at Wilton before advancing to victory at Yorktown. The Randolph's son, Peyton Randolph, served in the Continental Army as an aide-de-camp to Lafayette.

When the house was threatened with demolition by encroaching industrial development, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of American in the Commonwealth of Virginia purchased the house and had it carefully moved and restored at its current location in 1934. Wilton House Museum welcomes the
Wilton House Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 5, 2015
2. Wilton House Museum
public and provides educational programs and events.

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George Washington And Wilton
George Washington's March 1775 journal entry reads:
“Where, how, or with whom, my time is spent.
March 25. Returnd to the Convention in Richmond.
Dined at Galts & went to Mrs. Randolphs of Wilton.
26. Stay'd at Wilton all day.
27. Returnd to Richmond. Dined at Mr. Richd. Adamís
28. Left Richmond. Dined at Hanover Ct Ho & Lodged at Roys at the Boiling Green.”

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(upper left) Anne Randolph
(lower left) Peyton Randolph
(upper right) Wilton at its original location in the early 20th century.
(lower right) George Washington journal entry, 1775, Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
 
Erected by The Road to Revolution Heritage Trail.
 
Location. 37° 33.77′ N, 77° 31.166′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on South Wilton Road 0.1 miles south of Kenmore Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 South Wilton Road, Richmond VA 23226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Wilton (approx.
Diagram of Wilton plantation at the original site. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
3. Diagram of Wilton plantation at the original site.
0.4 miles away); Ampthill (approx. half a mile away); Richmond Defences (approx. half a mile away); Three-Chopt Road (approx. half a mile away); Granite and History (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pony Pasture Rapids (approx. 0.8 miles away); Windsor (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mary-Cooke Branch Munford (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wilton House Museum. (Submitted on August 5, 2015.)
2. The Road to Revolution Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 5, 2015.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
Site of original Wilton Estate image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
4. Site of original Wilton Estate
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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