Westover was built by William Byrd III, son of William Byrd II, between 1751-1752 in Charles City County, Virginia. Its strict symmetry, high pitched hip roof, tall paired chimneys and elaborate doorways make the house one of the premier examples of high Georgian architecture in America.
William Bryd III (1728-1777) built Westover, but his father Willliam Byrd II (1674-1744) is the most famous of the Byrd family. He was a member of the House of Burgesses and Royal Council. He led surveying expeditions that created the Virginia-North Carolina border and is credited with founding Richmond, Virginia. His diaries are valued for their insights into the private lives of Virginia's gentry.
The Westover doorway facing the James River is one of the most recognizable features of Georgian architecture in America.
Westover Website: http://westover-plantation.com/
William Byrd II in Encyclopedia Virginia: https://cp.instantmobilizer.com/cp.php?d=m.virginiacolonialhouses.com&imz_lang=en#_panels/features.php?id=9417403
Excerpts from Byrd's Diary: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/becomingamer/economies/text5/williambyrddiary.pdf
William Byrd III in Colonial Williamsburg Website: https://www.history.org/almanack/people/bios/biowbyrd.cfm
William Byrd II in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Byrd_II
William Byrd III in Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Byrd_III
Photo Gallery: http://westover-plantation.com/photos.htm