For Immediate Release Contact: Paul Fleming
Kirby Perkins Awarded A Major Project to Restore
Historic Carter's Grove Plantation In Williamsburg, VA
August 17, 2016 - - Newport, RI - - The construction and restoration firm of Kirby Perkins has been awarded the contract to restore the historically significant property known as Carter's Grove Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia. Carter's Grove, built between 1750 and 1755, is perhaps the country's most significant example of Georgian architecture having survived both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Set on 476 acres overlooking the James River, the residence at Carter's Grove Plantation was built by Carter Burwell, grandson of Robert "King" Carter, who acquired the property. Kirby Perkins will work closely with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Virginia Outdoors Foundation and other partners in preservation to complete the project.
This iconic property will undergo much-needed structural, mechanical and aesthetic repairs needed to preserve it for future generations. The exterior work includes restoration of the roof, windows and doors as well as foundation work. Interior work includes new mechanicals for water, gas, electric and HVAC. All original interior surfaces will be preserved and restored including wood paneling, staircases, hardware and floors.
Kirby Perkins will have in-house project managers and restoration specialists on site throughout the project and will also utilize local workers and sub contractors to accomplish the work, which is expected to take three years to complete.
About Carter's Grove Plantation: Carter's Grove Plantation is located on the north shore of the James River in the southeastern James City County in Virginia. The plantation was built by Carter Burwell and was completed in 1755. After hundreds of years, multiple owners and the death of the last resident in 1964, Carter's Grove Plantation was transferred to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) through a gift from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1969. Carter's Grove Plantation was open to the public for a number of years but closed its doors to the public in 2003. In late 2006 it was offered for sale and a private individual acquired it in 2007. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation later reacquired it after it submitted the only bid at an auction held in May 2014 for the outstanding amount of the mortgage. The CWF then decided to resell the property and a private individual purchased it later that year.
About Kirby Perkins: Kirby Perkins has been performing a full range of historic restoration services for over 36 years utilizing a very experienced in-house staff and state of the art millwork shop. They have been hired for challenging historic restoration projects from Gilded Age Newport Mansions to historic plantations in Virginia and have received a number of prestigious awards in the field of historic restoration. Based in Newport, RI where the company developed its restoration skills, Kirby Perkins has proven to be very resourceful in its ability to meticulously restore historic properties nationwide.
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