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A Baroque Virginia Treasure House: A Virtual Tour of Landon Carter’s Sabine Hall with Ralph Harvard

Virtual Tour

August 26, 2021

Sabine Hall was one of a small handful of large Baroque houses built in Virginia before 1740. Landon Carter, youngest son of Robert “King” Carter, completed the unusual mansion in 1738 and finished and furnished it in a grand style. The voluptuous exterior was embellished with extravagant stone and brick work, and the sumptuously detailed interior had ornate stone chimney pieces and two vast entertaining spaces each over 500 square feet. With its commanding scale, prominent location, and familial connections, it quickly became a social and political powerhouse. In the 1770s, the 1820s, and again in the early 20th century, Sabine Hall was updated by the family. The property survives today still in the hands of Carter descendants with many original portraits, furniture, and ceramics as well as evocative remnants of its colonial gardens. A current project focuses on the restoration of the fragile ‘Aquia’ freestone which ornaments the exterior. Trust governor Ralph Harvard, who has studied the structure extensively, will lead us through the house and grounds.

The Decorative Arts Trust hosts monthly virtual tours that give viewers the opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience incredible collections and sites. Curators, collectors, and lovers of decorative arts share fascinating objects and interiors through our tours hosted on YouTube Live. 

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