Porto Bello (Williamsburg, Virginia)

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Porto Bello
Porto Bello lodge.jpg
Porto Bello, photograph taken approximately 1900
Porto Bello (Williamsburg, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Porto Bello (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Porto Bello (Williamsburg, Virginia) is located in the US
Porto Bello (Williamsburg, Virginia)
LocationCamp Peary, York County, Virginia, United States of America
Coordinates37°18′8.6112″N 76°37′41.2680″W / 37.302392000°N 76.628130000°W / 37.302392000; -76.628130000Coordinates: 37°18′8.6112″N 76°37′41.2680″W / 37.302392000°N 76.628130000°W / 37.302392000; -76.628130000
Area15 acres (6.1 ha)
Built1773 (1773)
NRHP reference #73002068[1]
VLR #099-0050
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 13, 1973
Designated VLRNovember 9, 1972[2]

Porto Bello was the hunting lodge of the last Royal Governor of the British Colony of Virginia, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore. The name commemorates the battle of Porto Bello, a 1739 British naval victory in Panama. Lord Dunmore fled to Porto Bello to escape the early stages of the American Revolution in Williamsburg, Virginia. He later boarded a British ship lying at anchor near Porto Bello in the York River.

Porto Bello is located in York County, Virginia on the grounds of Camp Peary. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but is closed to visitors because of restricted access to Camp Peary.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "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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