William Byrd

a visual archive

Westover, the mansion of William Byrd II
Map of Virginia, 1624
“In the mean time, we had leizure to take a full view of this charming River.  The Stream, which was perfectly clear, ran down about two Knots, or two Miles, an Hour, when the water was at the lowest.  The Bottom was cover’d with a coarse Gravel, Spangled very think with a Shining Substance, that almost dazzled the eye, and the Sand upon either Shore Sparkled with the same Splendid Particles.”
“The Smoak continued still to Veil the Mountains from out Sight…”
“They may be 40 or 50 Houses, most of them Small, and built without Expense.”
Finished Surveyors Map

(page provided by Peter Quigg, Bradley University)
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