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Saturday, August 2, 2003

Arlington Mansion Exhibit at Nabb Research Center

SALISBURY, MD---Artifacts from a 17th century Virginia plantation are part of an upcoming exhibit at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University.


The exhibit, “Architecture at Arlington: Archaeology and the Architecture of Arlington Mansion at Old Plantation Creek,” opens Friday, Aug. 15, and runs through December.


The exhibit includes artifacts, photographs and documents from the elaborate mansion built by John Custis II in the 1670s, as well as a model of the structure. One of only five brick mansions built in 17th century Virginia, the house once served as a temporary colonial capital during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. Today, little remains of the former mansion except a foundation and numerous artifacts.


In 1987 Virginia state archeologists discovered the mansion’s site including the foundation and a wine bottle with the seal of John Custis II. Excavations were completed in 1987, 1988 and 1994 to unearth the historical artifacts now on display at the Nabb Center. The Arlington Foundation, which has custody of the property, sponsors the event.


The Nabb Center is located in the Power Professional Building on Wayne Street. The center is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited.


For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the center’s Web site at

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