Weston Plantation is the very essence of the eighteenth-century Tidewater plantation mansion. Built in 1789 by William and Christian Eppes Gilliam, it is notable for retaining much of its original interior. The distinctive moldings, wainscotings and chair rails are mostly original and the spiral stairway features concave paneling. The tour includes all three floors, grounds and gardens.
Visitors learn about the generations of families who resided at Weston, the Civil War adventures of young Emma and George Wood based on her own journal. She recounts the time when the yard of the house was a caught in a crossfire between Union gunboats and Confederate cavalrymen. When Emma’s sister was stricken with a debilitating illness, she recalls, President Lincoln’s own physician Dr. Joseph K. Barnes personally saw to her care. Today, the lives of the children are interpreted during Weston’s annual “Emma and George Days”, a two-day event during which visitors can learn about how children lived during the conflict that tore our nation apart. Through activities, exploration, crafts, and games, students gain an appreciation for history and life in a time long past.
Did You Know
Even though the Civil War is long over, soldiers still wander the halls of Weston Plantation! The home is famously haunted by the specters of fallen soldiers.