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Col William Green Munford

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Father of Robert Munford; Mary Munford; John Munford; Stanhope Munford and William Green Munford, Jr.

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About Col William Green Munford

William Green Munford, who had served as a Colonel in the Continental Army, purchased Belle Air Plantation, one of the oldest homes in Virginia. Inherited by his son, John Munford, at the Colonel's death in 1786, it was sold to John Cocke in 1792. The property was purchased by Hamlin Willcox, a prosperous Charles City County planter.

Belle Air is a unique surviving example of a wooden house with postmedieval-style exposed interior timber framing. It is probably the oldest plantation dwelling along State Route 5. Daniel Clark purchased the Belle Air tract in 1662. The original five-bay portion of Belle Air possesses architectural details characteristic of seventeenth century construction with a floor plan and façade fenestration characteristic of 18th-century design. The post medieval-style exposed interior timber framing is the only example found in a frame building in Virginia. The hand-hewn timbers serve as both structural framing and decorative woodwork. Summer beams, which run through the center of the ceilings into the chimneys, serve as the principal supporting members for the floor joists above. Belle Air is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.