Evelynton Plantation

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Coordinates: 37°19′47.7″N 77°9′12.9″W / 37.329917°N 77.153583°W / 37.329917; -77.153583

Nearest city Charles City, Virginia
Area 48 acres (19 ha)
Built 1937
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP Reference # 89000486[1]
Added to NRHP August 17, 1989

Evelynton Plantation is an estate located on the north bank of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. It is located along State Route 5, a scenic byway which runs between the independent cities of Richmond and Williamsburg. Evelynton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Evelynton Plantation was originally part of William Byrd's expansive Westover Plantation. Named for Byrd's daughter, Evelyn, this site has been home to a branch of the Ruffin family since 1847. The Colonial Revival mansion was built on the side of an earlier house that was destroyed by fire. The Evelynton mansion was designed by Richmond architect W. Duncan Lee who also oversaw the Expansion of the Virginia Governor's mansion, the restoration of Carter's Grove and designed fourteen of the stately homes along Monument Avenue. The mansion and grounds were sold out of the Ruffin family after the death of Mr. Edmund Ruffin Saunders. The 2,500 acre (10 km²) farm is still family-owned and operated.


Evelynton is a private residence and the house and grounds are closed to visitors.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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