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Reduced Room Rates

Gracefield Hall™ offers Reduced Room Rates for 2017. All rates have been reduced across the board, including our unpublished “Friends & Neighbors” and “Active Military & Veterans” rates. Call 804-966-2193 for information on these unpublished rates and the rates for Central Virginia special events. We provide friendly, attentive, and customized service to each of our […]

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A snowy January day at Gracefield Hall

January Snow Storm

January Snow Storm. Gracefield Hall got 6-8 inches of snow during the storm last weekend with the morning lows in single digits. It was dry powder so not very good for making snowballs. Mt. Pleasant Road was plowed and sanded so, what with the warmer weather, it is in good condition. Yesterday it was in […]

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Thanks to Colonial Williamsburg, I was able to research 18th century fireboards (alternately also called chimneyboards) in the archives. Since our house is a historically accurate recreation of an 18th century Central Virginia plantation house, we want the fireboards to have historically appropriate scenes. How are they used? Colonial fireplaces did not have dampers to […]

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2x3 floorcloth I painted with a farm scene

Fire Boards

I am researching 18th century fire boards at Colonial Williamsburg and will visit the historical interiors collection later this week. They are also called chimney boards and were used to close off a fireplace opening during the summer when the fireplace was not being used. Kitchen fireplaces never had fire boards because that fireplace was […]

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Gambrel Roof Structure

Learn about our unique gambrel roof structure

Learn about our unique true gambrel room structure on Gracefield Hall. Here is a stylized diagram of our roof structure. Some guests have inquired about how the roof was constructed. Rob Carter of Southern Traditions was able to have the roof designed so it could be a true colonial gambrel roof, with a knee wall […]

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Fog over the east field.

A Foggy Morning

A foggy morning at Gracefield Hall. All it takes is cooler overnight temperatures to create radiation fog. As soon as the dew point and ambient temperatures are about the same it seems to magically appear. It floated in over the trees beyond the east field behind the house but stayed above the ground. The sun is […]

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Glowing Review

A glowing review from Dean and Lisa Kropp, who spent four days at Gracefield Hall while they attended a friend’s wedding and did some sightseeing. What a fascinating couple! What do “YOU” get when you mix up a guy who’s; 1. A pilot; 2. Drives from Providence Forge, Virginia to Long Island – New York […]

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Table Utensils

Table utensils can come in a bewildering array. A picture of a table setting at a B&B was posted on a B&B owners group Facebook page, showing numerous utensils. That brought out a discussion about the need for that many utensils and the usages. My contribution was: until the early 18th century it would have been […]

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