For 37 years, the McIlwaine House sat dormant as one of
A fascinating feature is that the interior was made entirely of wood by highly skilled craftsmen, with no plaster ornamentation used in the design. The current owner has replaced or repaired damaged woodwork to replicate the missing original elements.
Another discovery was the original paint color of the parlor wing (known as the “Petersburg Room”). Under 20 coats of white paint, a brilliant coral was found and has been recreated to restore the room to its early grandeur. Also discovered were the original faux-oak wainscoting below the chairrail and the faux-marble on the baseboards. Paint analysis was done by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s paint conservator in all rooms on the first floor, and the current paint colors match the original colors. The Smithsonian has called the Petersburg Room one of the most outstanding rooms of woodwork in
The basement was previously used as the
A Perfect Setting . . .
Rentals start at $350
Heading North or South on I-95N, take the Washington Street exit; go 3 blocks on Washington Street to Sycamore Street and turn right; go 5 blocks to end of Sycamore Street; turn right – McIlwaine House is straight ahead.
From Colonial Heights via M. L. King Bridge, turn right at light on Bollingbrook Street; go 1 block to Cockade Alley and turn right; proceed 1 block to McIlwaine House on right.