In 1619 the first settlement was made at Westover, about two miles southeast. Two settlers died in the Powhatan uprising of 1622. Theodorick Bland bought Westover in 1666; William Byrd I acquired it in 1688. About 1730 his son, Colonel William Byrd II, built the present house, which exemplifies the high level of architectural quality attained during the colonial era. In January 1781 the British army under General Charles Cornwallis crossed the James River at Westover in pursuit of the Marquis de Lafayette.
Geographic Location: Charles City County
Physical Description of Location: 4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA 23030. Marker is on right when traveling east on Route 5 prior to entrance to Berkley and Westover.
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