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Historic McIlwaine House

425 Cockade Alley
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 357-1053 – Sandy Graham
sgraham@mcilwainehouse.com Website

This Federal-style frame residence was built around 1794 by Erasmus Gill and was later owned by George H. Jones, Mayor of Petersburg, in 1815-16. It takes its name from Archibald Graham McIlwaine, a Petersburg industrialist and financier, who made it his residence from 1831-78. The McIlwaine family lived in the house until it was relocated to its present site in 1971 after being saved from demolition.

A fascinating feature of the house is that highly skilled craftsmen made the interior entirely of wood, with no plaster ornamentation used in the design. The parlor wing (known as the “Petersburg Room” has been recreated and restored to its early grandeur. The Smithsonian has called the “Petersburg Room” one of America’s most outstanding woodwork rooms.

The McIlwaine House is ideal for weddings, receptions, parties, corporate meetings, retreats, and other gatherings.

Rentals start at $350

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