William Byrd III (1728-1777) may have built Westover, but his father William Byrd II (1674-1744) is the most famous of the Byrd family. He was a member of the House of Burgesses and Governor's Council. He led surveying expeditions that created the Virginia-North Carolina border and is credited with founding Richmond, Virginia. His diaries are valued for their insights into the private lives of Virginia's gentry.
Westover was built by William Byrd III, the son of William Byrd II, between 1751-52 in Charles City County,Virginia. Its strict symmetry, high pitched hip roof, tall paired chimneys and elaborate doorways make the house a premier example of high Georgian architecure in America.