James Anderson House

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James Anderson House (c. 1770) This beautiful two-story is the reconstructed home of James Anderson, who is credited with building the original house and forge around 1770. James Anderson ran a successful blacksmithing operation and served as Virginia's public armorer for many years. He died in 1803, leaving the house to two of his eight children. In 1842, a tragic fire destroyed the house and all buildings on the property. In 1934, architects identified the original foundations of James Anderson's house and forge. Historians used insurance records and inventories and called upon the memories of longtime Williamsburg residents to determine the appearance of the house and reconstruct it on its original foundations. Today, visitors to Anderson's operating forge witness costumed trademen using 18th-century tools and techniques to demonstrate the art of colonial blacksmithing.
Extras: Attic Space, Cabinets, Doors - French, Fireplace, Open Floor Plan, Porch - Screened, Bay / Box / Bow.
Complete Plan Information
House Style

Bedroom Extras
First Floor

Kitchen Extras
Breakfast Nook

Foundation Type
Unfinished Basement

Key Information
3,515 Square Feet Beds:5 Baths:5 ½ baths:1 Stories:2 Garage Bays:2 Width:62' Depth:75'

Room Summary
Formal Dining Room
Game / Recreation Room
Great / Gathering Room
Laundry Room - First Floor

Special Features
Attic Space
Doors - French
Open Floor Plan
Porch - Screened
Bay / Box / Bow

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