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History of the House

In 1762 the "New Town" of Petersburg began development of High Street.  Shortly thereafter, a house was built on Lot No. 24.

Jones Mitchell, local real estate speculator and successful business man, replaced this 18th-century house with the present dwelling in 1823.

The house, known as the Bissett House, was purchased by William Bragg who altered it to resemble a fashionable Greek Revival House.

In the mid-1860's Daniel Bragg, William's brother, returned to the House and soon began to modernize it.  Since then few significant alterations have been made.

(Information provided by W. J. Graham, Mgr., Historic Area Building, Colonial Williamsburg.)

The entrance to this two-story house has a grand carved door that is 2-1/2" thick, fluted columns and transom with leaded glass panes.

In the living room the gas light fixture in the ceiling and the lamps on the mantel have been electrified.

The completely renovated basement will house the (open house) Boutique.

NOTE:  Click any photo on this page to enlarge:

The newspaper clipping advertising the 1992 Designer House, sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Copy of the Flyer that was distributed during the April 11 - May 10, 1992 Open House


This is an Artist Rendering of what the Bragg House and surrounding buildings looked like during the time that the Bragg Family owned and lived here.  Pay close attention to the "ice house", "stables", and "buttresses" as the property is terraced down from High Street to Low Street.

NOTE:  This view is what is today's rear side of the house - Artist Signature: Joseph Miller

Summary:

  • Construction:  3/Story wood frame brick foundation
  • Style:  Federal (Greek Revival) with Doric Columns
  • English Basement Apartment:  1/Bedroom 1/Bath Full Kitchen, Living room w/Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Total Rooms: 11
  • Bedrooms:  4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Fireplaces:  7 (all are operational - 3/gas, 2/coal, 2/wood burning)
  • Ceilings:  10.5'
  • Floors:  Original Heart of Pine
  • Walls:  Plaster
  • Roof:  Metal
  • Land:  .96 Acre

 

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