HOME & GARDEN
Castle Hill HISTORIC
HOST TO PAST PRESIDENTS & CELEBRITIES, THIS PROMINENT ESTATE OPENS ITS DOORS FOR THE 85TH HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
ich in both local and national history, Castle Hill is one of the most storied homes in all of Albemarle County. In the over three centuries that it has stood in Keswick, it has been home to U.S. senators, writers and artists. Castle Hill has also entertained numerous U.S. presidents, diplomats and renowned explorers. Today the 600-acre estate still stands as a private home, where each family that has been tasked with stewarding it into the future adds their own layer to the story of the home.
With its softly colored upholstered walls, the living room (at right) is comfortably appointed with a deep blue velvet sofa and a set of damask upholstered armchairs. The elaborate French Empire candelabras on the mantel were brought from France by William Cabell Rives and his wife Judith during one of his terms as Minister to France. William served from 1829 through 1832 and then again from 1849 to 1853. A lawyer who trained with Thomas Jefferson, Rives served in the Virginia House of Delegates, the U.S.
WORDS BY BECKY CALVERT | INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT RADIFERA | EXTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE TRUMBULL