|Rear view of Benjamin Powell's house|
|The front hall where you would be greeted|
The Powell house is a lovely home with several outbuildings such as the kitchen/laundry, the dairy, the smokehouse, the stable, the lumber house, and the necessaries. The home has two sections - a brick section built in the 1740s when it was owned by Benjamin Waller and the frame portion added in 1763 by Mr. Powell. He tripled the size of the home by adding three rooms and a second floor.
|Smokehouse - an outbuilding|
|sitting down to eat|
When the family entertained, the furniture would be either moved to the edge of the room or removed entirely. Chairs would be set up around the room for people to sit and talk. As you can see there were tables set up in the foyer, away from the dancing area to play games of chance or chess/checkers. Yes, even back in the 1770s people played some of the same games we play today. One of the most popular dances was called the country dance. In England it was called the contra danse, but as with many things, the pronunciation was changed once it arrived here in the colonies. For Mrs. Powell to hold such galas was a sign of her acceptance into the higher levels of society even though she was middling class.
|view from the rear porch|
|gardens behind the house|
The Powell family would be known as a middling family. They were not as wealthy as the aristocratic families such as Peyton Randolph and yet they could mingle in society with them because they had the social skills. They also had three slaves on their property who had two children. These slaves helped with the daily running of the household. Mrs. Powell had no formal education and could not read or write but she was skilled in housewifery. Benjamin Powell sold the house in 1782.
|Annabelle's vanity table|
|Annabelle's traveling trunk|
|winged back chair|