Chelsea (West Point, Virginia)

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Chelsea, April 1971
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia)
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia) is located in the US
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia)
Location N of jct. of Chelsea Rd. and Rte. 30, near West Point, Virginia
Coordinates 37°35′48″N 76°49′46″W / 37.59667°N 76.82944°W / 37.59667; -76.82944Coordinates: 37°35′48″N 76°49′46″W / 37.59667°N 76.82944°W / 37.59667; -76.82944
Area 510.5 acres (206.6 ha)
Built 1709
NRHP Reference # 69000253 [1]
VLR # 050-0012
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 12, 1969
Designated VLR September 9, 1969[2]

Chelsea is a historic home located near West Point, King William County, Virginia. It was built in 1709, and consists of a two-story, brick main block with a hipped roof and 1 1/2-story, gambrel roofed rear ell. In 1764, Thomas Jefferson attended the wedding of an old friend, John Walker, at Chelsea;[3] sources commonly say (and Jefferson eventually, in 1805, seemed to acknowledge) that he later repeatedly made improper advances to his friend's wife, all of which she rejected.[4] In 1781, shortly before the Battle of Yorktown, Lafayette's army camped at Chelsea, and the Marquis de Lafayette used the house as his headquarters.[5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
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  4. ^ see, for example, Jon Meacham, "Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power", Random House, 2012
  5. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission staff (September 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Chelsea" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo

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