Visit Agecroft, and you'll walk into the lives of the landed gentry in England's Tudor and early Stuart periods.
Tour the Great Hall, and you'll imagine the feasts and merriment its richly-paneled walls have seen.
The Great Hall's leaded glass window was transported from England completely intact.
Enter the manor's Great Parlour, where family and guests retreated for comfort, privacy and 16th- and 17th-century diversions. See the sleeping chambers, where residents not only rested, but also dressed and dined.
From its "dyninge parlour," up its intricately carved staircases and through its noble passageways, this manor home has 500 years of stories to tell.
Agecroft Hall once stood in Lancashire, England in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, Agecroft was the home of the distinguished English Langley and Dauntesey families during the Tudor and Stuart ages, when England was taking its place among the major powers of Europe and the New World. Agecroft stood proudly during the reigns of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and James I, the namesake of the river that flows past Agecroft's banks here in Richmond, Virginia.
By the mid-1920's, the building in Lancashire had deteriorated largely due to coal mining in its vicinity, and the structure was bought by the successful Richmond businessman T.C. Williams Jr., dismantled, and shipped across the Atlantic to Richmond, where it has stood since 1926-27. After decades of service as a private residence, it then became a house museum with glorious gardens, all of which pay tribute to the Elizabethan Age.
Designed by noted landscape architect Charles Gillette, Agecroft's grounds reflect the order and opulence of English gardens. Here, a fragrance garden blooms with Elizabethan aromatics. The sunken garden explodes with annuals.
A walk through these gardens feels much like a stroll back in time, with elaborately clipped herbs of the knot garden, a collection of exotic plants once recorded byJohn Tradescant the Younger, and a living exhibit of medicinal, flavoring and aromatic plants.