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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battersea

 
 
Battersea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
1. Battersea Marker
Inscription.  Battersea was the home of Colonel John Banister, a member of the House of Burgesses, the Revolutionary conventions, and the Continental Congress, as well as a framer of the Articles of Confederation and the first mayor of Petersburg. The elegant but compact house begun in 1768, perhaps best displays the Anglo-Palladian influence on Virginia's colonial plantation homes. Noted travelers, including the Italian Count Castiglioni and the French Marquis de Chastellux visted Battersea: Chastellux observed, "Mr. Banister's handsome country-house is really worth seeing." The elaborate Chinese lattice stair, based on a published design by English architect William Halfpenny, is original and Virginia's finest example.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA-9.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNotable BuildingsPatriots & Patriotism.
 
Location. 37° 13.261′ N, 77° 25.652′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker
W Washington St & Battersea Lane. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. W Washington St & Battersea Lane.
is at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 1) and Battersea Lane, on the right when traveling west on West Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Henry (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Peabody-Williams School (approx. 0.9 miles away); The First Methodist Meeting House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Appomattox River Heritage Trail (approx. one mile away); Joseph Cotten (approx. one mile away); Campbell's Bridge (approx. one mile away); Shaping Of The Town (approx. one mile away); Ettrick (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  NPS James River Plantations. Battersea. (Submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Battersea Lane & Upper Appomattox St. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
3. Battersea Lane & Upper Appomattox St.
Battersea circa 1770. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
4. Battersea circa 1770.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 899 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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