Porto Bello (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Porto Bello, photograph taken approximately 1900
|Location||Camp Peary, York County, Virginia, United States of America|
|Area||15 acres (6.1 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||73002068|
|Added to NRHP||April 13, 1973|
|Designated VLR||November 9, 1972|
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.
- Kibler, J. Luther (April 1931). "Numerous Errors in Wilstach's 'Tidewater Virginia' Challenge Criticism". William and Mary Quarterly. 2nd Ser. 11 (2): 152–156. doi:10.2307/1921010.
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. VA-1367, "Porto Bello, Queens Creek, Camp Peary Military Reservation, Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA", 10 data pages
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