|Architectural and garden plan|
Mount Airy Plantation
|Architectural plan of Mount Airy|
adapted by Whitney Morrill from drawings
by Thomas Tileston Waterman
I'm a house-aholic. It's old houses like in today's post that nearly cause me to overdose. Many dream of finding an old, time worn home...rejuvenating its walls and interiors to its former glory. And then there are homes like Mount Airy...in perpetual glory. Built in 1758 overlooking the Rappahannock River in Warsaw, Virginia, continuously inhabited and now cared for by the 10th generation of the Tayloe Family.
-all photos via here-
I first became aware of this home at the wedding of current owners, Catherine and Tayloe Emery.
Married upon Mount Airy's front steps, oriental rugs stretching outside served as the aisle. Felt as if I had stepped into a BBC miniseries or Vogue photo shoot, I was in awe.
Magnolia leaves and fall mums adorned the steps, surrounding the bride and groom
After the ceremony, we entered the great center hall where we greeted the bride and groom and their families. The wide plank floors leading us to the rear of the hall opening up onto the sprawling back lawn covered by a large white tent where we celebrated into the night.
Now they have returned to Mount Airy with their children, the new stewards of this magnificent plantation. Recently featured in Virginia Living magazine, I refer you to this article detailing the history of Mount Airy, the industrious family that has called it home and the plans for its future.
Current owner, Tayloe Emery, in the library. Cleaning a gun which Catherine intimated to me is actually her gun.
Story time in the great hall.
Rooms collected rather than decorated with heirlooms
The grounds no less inspiring than the interiors.
The ruins of the orangery, the oldest surviving in North America.
It is on these grounds that Catherine is leaving her mark on Mount Airy. Once again, hands are tilling its soil. Growing organic produce, tending chickens...and two little boys
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