Chelsea (West Point, Virginia)

Chelsea is a historic home located near West Point, King William County, Virginia. It was built in 1709, and consists of a two-story, brick main block with a hipped roof and 1 1/2-story, gambrel roofed rear ell. In 1764, Thomas Jefferson attended the wedding of an old friend, John Walker, at Chelsea;[3] sources commonly say (and Jefferson eventually, in 1805, seemed to acknowledge) that he later repeatedly made improper advances to his friend's wife, all of which she rejected.[4] In 1781, shortly before the Battle of Yorktown, Lafayette's army camped at Chelsea, and the Marquis de Lafayette used the house as his headquarters.[5]

Chelsea, April 1971
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia)
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia) is located in the United States
Chelsea (West Point, Virginia)
LocationN of jct. of Chelsea Rd. and Rte. 30, near West Point, Virginia
Coordinates37°35′48″N 76°49′46″W / 37.59667°N 76.82944°W / 37.59667; -76.82944Coordinates: 37°35′48″N 76°49′46″W / 37.59667°N 76.82944°W / 37.59667; -76.82944
Area510.5 acres (206.6 ha)
NRHP reference No.69000253 [1]
VLR No.050-0012
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1969
Designated VLRSeptember 9, 1969[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2015-06-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ see, for example, Jon Meacham, "Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power", Random House, 2012
  5. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission staff (September 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Chelsea" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo

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