March 4, 2020

Icon, Kazan Mother of God

 ca. 1900

 AH 1967.0011 A-B

 Enamel and silver


As anyone who has visited Agecroft Hall & Gardens knows, most of what is exhibited portrays life in Tudor and Stuart England. The Williams Library, though, is vastly different from the rest of...

January 28, 2020

AH 1978.0014

Early 17th century, modified in the 19th century


Wood, brass, parchment, ivory

In the centuries before television and the internet offered endless options for amusement, music was the primary form of family entertainment. Some played instruments, others...

October 21, 2019


            The Mortons entertained quite frequently at Agecroft Hall, as evidenced by the guest book now displayed in the Williams Library. This red leather-bound book boasts an impressive list of guests ranging from popular musicians to service members....

September 30, 2019

Rising exuberantly above the roofline towards the sky, Agecroft Hall’s fanciful red brick chimneys are a striking contrast to its black timbers and white exterior and, also, a fine example of Tudor-era architectural magnificence. Many modern visitors do not give much t...

June 25, 2019

Much of the credit for Agecroft Hall’s elegant gardens belongs to the designer who originally laid them out: Charles Gillette. Beginning his career in New York, Gillette was a landscape architect best known for his work in the South during much of the first half of the...

April 11, 2019

In 1925, T. C. Williams, Jr. purchased Agecroft Hall, sight unseen, at an auction in England. The house was then dismantled, shipped to the United States and rebuilt in Richmond, VA. Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Morton (affectionately known as Bessie) lived in the home unti...

March 1, 2019

Agecroft Hall is rich with history and boasts an outstanding collection of objects from the Tudor and early Stuart periods, 1485-1660. The grandest and most impressive object within its collection, however, is the house, itself. Idyllically situated on the banks of the...

January 1, 2019


We hold in our collection a universal pardon dating to January 15, 1559, the date of Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation. This pardon was purchased by Sir Robert Langley of Agecroft, Lancashire, Eccles Parish, for 26 shillings, 8 pence, quite a significant amount of money...

December 14, 2018

Christmas during the 1940s was, obviously, much different than the previous decade. Traditions changed throughout the decade as circumstances changed. World War II and, especially, the attack on Pearl Harbor had a great effect on how families celebrated Christmas in th...

November 27, 2018

One of the objects in Agecroft’s collection is a wooden tobacco box. Made in the late 19th century in the Netherlands, this fruitwood box is covered in detailed carvings—different symbols, representations of domestic life, names and the date 1654. The odd carvings on t...

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