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Estouteville, Esmont

Estouteville, Esmont, 1932

Name:  Estouteville

Date:  1932

Image Number:  Library of Congress, LC-DIG-csas-04157

Comments:   Estouteville was built ca. 1827 for John Coles, III, and family, and its property had been cut off from the northerly side of the original Enniscorthy tract of land by his father, John Coles, II, in his will dated December 6, 1798.  A house named 'Calycanthus Hill,' built in 1800, previously stood on this property.

In 1822, John Coles, III, married Miss Selina Skipwith.  In 1827-1830, master joiner James Dinsmore designed and constructed Estouteville for John and Selina Skipwith, assisted by brick mason, William B. Phillips; Estouteville was built immediately to the south of the old house.  After Estouteville was built, the older house was converted to an orangery and burned in 1856.  James Dinsmore had previously served as Thomas Jefferson's master carpenter for ten years, and Estouteville was one of Dinsmore's crowning achievements.  Estouteville is noted for its grand Tuscan exterior porticoes and great interior hall with an elaborate Doric frieze.

On May 13, 1830, James Dinsmore drowned in the Rivanna River, northeast of Charlottesville.  The Estouteville, built by Dinsmore, is located at 5550 Estouteville Farm in Esmont, VA.  In 1977, Estouteville was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and on the National Register of Historic Places the following year.

In 2018, Estouteville is in average condition and is owned by K. Holdings LLC, who purchased the home from Ludwig G. Kuttner on 09 November 2018.

Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Maxwell Johnson for his research and photographs on this Esmont community home!

1)  Johnston, Frances Benjamin, Estouteville photo, LC_DIG_csas_04157; Digital ID: csas 04157.  See: .
2)  Lay, K.E. & the Encyclopedia of Virginia, "James Dinsmore (1771-1830)."  See: .
3)  Hallock, Jennifer; Gardiner Hallock & Kristie Baynard.  National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District. February 2007; Section 7, p. 135.
4)  Coles, William B.  "The Coles Family of Virginia."  (New York:  Gateway Press, Inc., 1931; pp. 674-677).
5), Estouteville, Parcel ID: 11200-00-00-030A0.
6)  Lay, K. Edward, Architecture of Jefferson County, (University Press of UVA, Charlottesville, VA: 2000), pp. 153-154.
7), Estouteville, Albemarle, VA.

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Image Located On:  Library of Congress, LC-DIG-csas-04157



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