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)
Location Camp Peary, York County, Virginia, United States of America
Coordinates 37°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
Area 15 acres (6.1 ha)
Built 1773 (1773)
NRHP Reference # 73002068[1]
VLR # 099-0050
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1973
Designated VLR November 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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