Carter’s Grove


Williamsburg, Virginia

This iconic plantation on the James River served as a private residence from its construction in 1755 until Colonial Williamsburg transformed it into a museum in the 1970s. The property includes a beautiful stretch of James River shoreline, protected natural resource areas, remnants of an 18th century garden on the riverside, and significant archaeological sites. Acquired in 2014 by a private owner to be used again as a residence, a transformation of the gardens and grounds protects and preserves the site’s significant natural and cultural resources and also accommodates the new family in residence. New landscape features include riverside terraces, steps in the 18th century garden, an outdoor kitchen, a custom cast stone fountain, a bridge and spillway, formal tree plantings on the approach to the mansion, and planting design in the surrounding gardens.