Endview Plantation

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Endview Plantation
Endview Plantation is located in Virginia
Endview Plantation
Location 362 Yorktown Road, Newport News, Virginia
Coordinates 37°12′12″N 76°34′30″W / 37.20333°N 76.57500°W / 37.20333; -76.57500Coordinates: 37°12′12″N 76°34′30″W / 37.20333°N 76.57500°W / 37.20333; -76.57500
Area 24.7 acres (10.0 ha)
Built 1769
Architect Harwood, William
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP Reference # 08000391[1]
VLR # 121-0002
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 8, 2008
Designated VLR March 20, 2008[2]

Endview Plantation is an 18th-century plantation which is located on Virginia State Route 238 in the Lee Hall community in the northwestern area of the independent city of Newport News, Virginia.


Earlier known as the Harwood Plantation,[3] the house was built in 1769 by William Harwood along the Great Warwick Road, which linked the colonial capital of Williamsburg with the town of Hampton on the harbor of Hampton Roads.[3][4] The 238-year-old house and grounds were used by military forces during the Revolutionary War. General Thomas Nelson, Jr.'s Virginia Militia used it as a resting place on September 28, 1781, en route to Yorktown [5] shortly before the surrender of the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.

Military use again came during the American Civil War, when the building was occupied by Dr. Humphrey Harwood Curtis, Jr., one of two doctors in Warwick County, Virginia. Endview was briefly used as a field hospital by the Confederacy during the 1862 Battle of Dam Number One (part of the Peninsula Campaign).[3]

Endview was acquired by the City of Newport News in 1995. The post Civil War addition to the house was torn down, and the lost chimney rebuild so as to make the building reach it's 1860 appearance. The site is now officially known as "The Civil War at Endview: A Living History Museum".[5] It is primarily a House Museum, with visitors touring the four interior rooms, which portray a collection of medical supplies, a standard parlor, Union soldier gear, and a bedroom. Living Historians are only present at special events.

The property has been used for once-a-year Civil War Reenactments, and has recently restarted reenactments of the Siege of Yorktown on a bi-annual basis. As of Summer 2010, operating hours have been cut back so that the site is closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, with additional closings in the Winter.[6]


Endview Plantation was featured on Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy in the episode "America After Dark".[7] Self-proclaimed "redneck" comedian Larry the Cable Guy visited the plantation with Southeast Virginia Paranormal Investigations, a local paranormal team and joined them in investigating the house. They group couldn't declare the house haunted however, they did gather evidence of possible paranormal activity, such as EVP's of several strange noises and ghost voices on their digital recorders.


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