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Cary, North Carolina
December 27, 2004
Agecroft is a glorious Tudor mansion, and the interiors are recreated with furniture and artwork of the Tudor and Stuart periods. Costumed guides lead tours of the home.
The small gift shop offers excellent choices, and the sprawling gardens, which include a kitchen garden, sunken garden, and a gazebo overlooking the James River are perfect for wandering.
From journal Virginia's Castles
Riverview, New Brunswick
October 7, 2003
Williams saw Agecroft in two lights: it was to be his home, and more than that, it would be the anchor of his new subdivision, Winsor Farms. It would be an upscale project and Agecroft would lend it that air of "old money" that Williams was looking for. Before you begin your tour, you will watch a slide-show describing the history of the house and William’s involvement with it.
The home that the visitor enters has been decorated to the Tudor period and as such, houses a fine collection of Elizabethan furniture and household goods. The Great Hall of the house is authentic, with leaded glass windows featuring the stained-glass arms of the original owners. It is beautifully paneled in dark wood and dominated by a massive stone fireplace. A long trestle table completes the effect, taking one back to a period when people would have gathered in front of a blazing fire to feast… not entirely a pleasant picture as the fork wasn’t invented until the 17th century.
The guest has the opportunity to see most of the home’s principle rooms, the dining area, the great staircase and the bedrooms upstairs. The bedrooms, in particular, feature some superb furniture, rare pieces that one won’t see in other homes in America. Only the library is true to the time of Thomas Williams. It was actually my favorite room in the house with its book-lined walls, huge library table, over-stuffed furniture and minstrel’s gallery.
Having finished your guided tour, you may wish to go to the extensive gardens… the house did have the prime location at Winsor Farms. The rest of the subdivision that Williams had constructed skirts his 23 acre property and features Virginia House, a second old English manor house that is also open to the public. For more on Agecroft, try agecroft.
From journal The Environs of Williamsburg and Richmond
February 25, 2003
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From journal Virginia's Most Historic Places
Warwick, United Kingdom
September 20, 2002
Sadly somewhere in the rebuilding something went wrong as the building no longer has a perfect square courtyard which it did in Lancashire and looks slightly off center! However, this does not spoil the effect created by the place - it's full of Elizabethan and Stuart styled furniture and art work. The gardens are fantastic, and like their neighbors at Virginia House, sweep down to the James River.
There's a small gift shop and joint tours are available of both Agecroft Hall and Virginia House. During the summer months, Richmond's Shakespeare company Encore! perform plays.
It's best to visit both these properties during the week since there are fewer visitors then - I went during the week and had both places to myself.
From journal A Day in Richmond
September 7, 2000
From journal Historic Homes & Gardens