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Eppington

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Built  c. 1768 (1768)
VLR #  020-0025
Area  7.082 km²
Architectural style  Georgian architecture
NRHP Reference #  69000230
Designated VLR  September 9, 1969
Phone  +1 804-748-1623
Added to NRHP  12 November 1969
Eppington
Location  South of the junction of VA 621 and 602, near Winterpock, Virginia
Address  14602 Eppes Falls Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838, USA
Similar  Magnolia Grange, Falling Creek Ironworks, Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Mid‑Lothian Mines Park, Henricus Historical Park

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Eppington is a historic plantation house located near Winterpock, Chesterfield County, Virginia. It was built about 1768, and consists of a three-bay, 2 1/2-story, central block with hipped roof, dormers, modillioned cornice, and flanking one-story wings in the Georgian style. It has a later two-story rear ell. It features two tall exterior end chimneys which rise from the roof of the wings. Its builder, Francis Eppes, was brother-in-law and first cousin of Martha Jefferson (1748–1782), the wife of Thomas Jefferson. After her death, Eppes and his wife raised Jefferson's two daughters, while their father was Minister to France. One of the daughters, Lucy Elizabeth, died in 1784 and was buried at Eppington. Mary (Polly) Jefferson (1778–1804), married in 1797 her cousin, John Wayles Eppes (1772–1823) and spent much of her time at Eppington.

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Epps Falls, at Eppington, were deemed dangerous for passing boats by the Virginia General Assembly. The General Assembly, in 1819, gave Archibald Thweatt, owner of Eppington, compensation from any damages but allowed the Upper Appomattox Canal company to build a dam and locks around the falls. Archibald Thweatt and his heirs were also given leave to build a grist mill on the dam.

When the Upper Appomattox Canal Navigation System was complete, neighboring farmers could ship farm produce from the docks at Eppington. There were large loading facilities. When coal was first mined at the Clover Hill Pitts, in 1837, it was taken by mule, later by rail, to the docks at Epps Falls. A boat that could carry seven tons of coal, made a four-day round trip to Petersburg for two dollars and thirty eight cents.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.

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Eppington Wikipedia


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