Rural Plains

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Rural Plains
Shelton House - Shenk.jpg
Rural Plains, November 2010
Location 6 mi. N of Mechanicsville off VA 606, near Mechanicsville, Virginia
Area 125 acres (51 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75002021[1]
VLR # 042-0029
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 5, 1975
Designated VLR March 18, 1975[2]

Rural Plains, also informally known as Shelton House, is a historic farm house in Mechanicsville, Virginia, Hanover County; it is one of the sites included within the Richmond National Battlefield Park.

The house was likely built around 1723, although the farm dates to 1670. Patrick Henry, later known as an orator during the Revolutionary War, reportedly married Sarah Shelton in its parlor in 1754, as her family lived there.

During the American Civil War, the house suffered damage from artillery fire during the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[3][4]


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