The Weston Plantation
Telling the stories of ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times in American history.
Our key site is Weston Plantation. The main house was built in 1789 and overlooks the Appomattox River. It has been described by one Virginia historian as a classic example of Virginia Georgian architecture and the very essence of the Tidewater plantation mansion. All three floors and the kitchen dependency are furnished with antiques and reproductions and open to the public through guided tours.
The house was built by William and Christian Eppes Gilliam. The Gilliam family arrived in Virginia in the 17th century as indentured servants but by the late 18th century the family had amassed several plantations in the area. Christian was the daughter of Richard and Christian Robertson Eppes of nearby Appomattox Plantation. Her maternal grandfather was a descendant of Pocahontas.
Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Weston is considered notable for preserving much of its original interior, especially its distinctive moldings, wainscoting and chair rails.
Here our volunteers and staff tell the stories of ordinary individuals who lived through extraordinary times in American history. A family with its roots in 17th century colonial America builds an impressive house on the Appomattox River and deals with life in a brand new country. Slaves provide the work force for this plantation as slavery is continued in this new country. A 12 year old girl and her family flee Hampton and the Union army and become refugees at Weston, only to find themselves once more living in a war zone. An immigrant family begins a new life at Weston during the unsettled postwar period.
In 2008 HHFI opened 2 new structures on the site. After extensive archeological research the two main dependencies were reconstructed – the summer kitchen and the laundry. These structures allow us to expand the stories we tell and include all those who lived on the site.
Take a Tour!
Guided tours of the house and grounds are available year round, Monday – Saturday from 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday from 1PM to 4:30PM. Group tours are available by appointment. The grounds are open to the public free of charge and the pier provides access to the Appomattox River.