Tudor England in the Commonwealth
Surprise, surprise, history-lovers: The Commonwealth of Virginia is a bastion of well-maintained and widely-used early European artifacts from Colonial America. But did you know that one of those artifacts includes a Tudor house shipped from England? Introducing...Agecroft Hall in Richmond, Virginia!
Originally designed and constructed in 15th-century England, Agecroft Hall came to sit on the James River after Virginian Thomas C. Williams, Jr. snatched it up in an auction. The hall was one of three similarly impressive manor houses located in the Irwell Valley near Manchester. But of the three, Agecroft was the best preserved.
After having the house dismantled and shipped to the United States in 1926, Agecroft Hall joined what later became known as the Windsow Farms neighborhood in Richmond's West End.
Today you can putter around this museum for a peep at everything from medieval armor to a good luck cat skeleton to a painted bed with mustachioed angels. But if you can't make the trip, here's some official QB eye candy (photography inside the house is not permitted):