Landon Carter (1710-1778) was a Virginian planter and son of Robert "King" Carter who was born in Lancaster County, Virginia, on August 18, 1710. He is best known for his written account of the Revolutionary War, The Diary of Colonel Landon Carter. In 1719 at the age of 19 he was sent to England to study under the linguist, Soloman Lowe. He inherited 8 fully equipped operating plantations in King George County, Northumberland County, Richmond County, and King and Queen County. He was married three times. His wives were Elizabeth Wormeley who died in 1740, Maria Byrd, daugher of William Byrd II who died two years later, and Elizabeth Beale whom he married in 1746. He had strained relations with his son, Robert Wormeley Carter, whom he described in his diary as a "graceless son." He was a member of the House of Burgesses and was one of the most prolific published writers in Virginia at the time, writing many pamphlets and newspaper essays. He was one of the first to raise the alarm over the Stamp Act and was a wholehearted supporter of American independence.
Sabine Hall, Virginia Department of Historical Resources
Sabine Hall was built by Landon Carter around 1730 on a ridge overlooking the Rappahannock River near Warsaw, Virginia. It is a two-story brick and stone Georgian style manor house flanked by one and half story wings. The central structure was built around 1730. In 1764 the house was enlarged to join a kitchen outbuilding through a covered passage. The center pavilion features rusticated masonry and with a rustic door and windows. In the 1760s a piazza was added to the river (south) facade; it was rebuilt as a veranda in the 19th century. One of the wings was added at an unknown date while another was built in 1929 to give the building the appearance of symmetry. The hipped roof and chimneys were lowered in the 1820s and the giant Greek Revival portico was constructed. A matching broad, classical pediment was added to the river facade, and the house was painted white. The interior has a ornate carved walnut stairway that is one of finest in Virginia. The prominence of the upper hall was shown by giving it a full entablature around its entire circumference. The mansion was known for hosting grand three day festivals on New Year's Eve that was attended by 60 or so guests.
Landon Carter (1710-1778) from the Sabine Hall Collection, painting attributed to Charles Bridges ca. 1790
Carter Family Coat of Arms, Encyclopedia Virginia
Hall, photo from Historic Structures.
South river facade, photo from Historic Structures.
Elizabeth Wormeley Carter (1734-1797)