Colonial homes come in many strands and variations. "Colonial house" may be used broadly to encompass homes built from the earliest European settlements until well after Independence. On one end of the spectrum are the rustic cabins with their informal colonial house plans, that grew up over time to become rambling, comfortable farmsteads. On the other end are the grand brick Colonial home plans such as Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Whether colonial homes are built of white pine from the Northeast, or warm brick further south, Colonial house plans share simple geometries, axial arrangements of rooms, and essentially classical details. A few samples, representing the range of colonial house plans may be found here.
Historic Home Plans --- Colonial Homes --- Prestwould Plantation

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Prestwould Plantation - 1797

A Colonial country mansion, built of stone, with spacious porches
$90 - 23 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions, 41' x 67', excluding porches
3 Stories, 4+ Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built in 1797, Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1974


Prestwould Plantation - 1797

Sir Peyton Skipwith VII Baronet, moved his family from his "Elm Hill" plantation to the newly completed mansion at Prestwould Plantation in 1797, a site that commands a view of the Roanoke River Valley. This was the culmination of a dream that began in a letter to his wife, 6 years earlier, in which he lamented being apart from her while taking care of affairs at the Prestwould Plantation. The mansion was built in stone, with elegantly detailed woodwork throughout. Especially pleasing are the expansive porches.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, this country mansion offers large and elegant rooms, as well as porches that open it to the surrounding landscape. On the main floor the grand stair hall is surrounded by a string of social spaces that could be adapted to a variety of uses. The upper floor has room for 4 large bedrooms and at least 2 or 3 baths. The house also has a full attic and full basement that could provide further living space. This set of drawings include many finely drawn details, such as doors, windows, stairs and trimwork. In addition there are drawings for plantation outbuildings such as an office and several cottages.

  • Building name:     Prestwould Plantation

  • Designer/Architect:      Jacob Shealor / John Inge

  • Date of construction:      1797

  • Location:      Mecklenburg County, Virginia

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      23 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet with vicinity plan

  • 3 Sheets of floor plans, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet, roof framing plans, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • 4 Sheets of elevations, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet, full building section, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • 7 Sheets of details, various scales

  • 6 Sheets of outbuildings, various scales

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1974 by the Historic American Building Survey. The original drawings rest in the Library of Congress.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Colonial building, not a pseudo-colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (CO010)

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