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    Robert Carter house



    • Bruce D. Bryant

      The Robert Carter House on Palace Green had an unusual plan & design features that distinguished it from other 18th-century houses in Williamsburg. The date of its construction was uncertain. The earliest definite information about the lots on which it was constructed appeared in an indenture of 1746 that recorded their sale by Charles Carter to Robert Cary of London, merchant.

    • Deborah Curry

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