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Providence Hall Dignitary Visits and Correspondence, 1971-1981

 File — Box: 4, Folder: 12

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

Out of all the properties in Williamsburg that Virginia B. Haughwout bequeathed to Cutler and the BBMF, Providence Hall is the one mentioned the most in this collection. Haughwout had Providence Hall moved from its original location in Providence Forge, New Kent County and rebuilt in Williamsburg, adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg historic area. Since Haughwout’s death, Providence Hall has served a variety of purposes: first as a personal residence for the Bucktrout-Braithwaite family, then as a gallery for eighteenth-century antiques and decorative arts, and later as a property leased to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where it today still serves as a conference center and lodging. Several international dignitaries have visited Providence Hall, including President Ronald Reagan and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Papers include leasing agreements, financial reports, restoration plans, site inspections, and the construction plans for Bucktrout Cottage, an outbuilding on the property.

Expansion and renovations of the Colonial Parkway tunnel under the Colonial Williamsburg historic area threatened to separate and disrupt portions of the Providence Hall property. Included in this series is correspondence between Cutler and the local Williamsburg government regarding plans for Parkway tunnel construction and Providence Hall preservation.


  • Creation: 1971-1981


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.


From the Collection: 6 Linear Feet


From the Series: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository