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Hampton National Historic Site

The Orangery

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The Orangery that stands today replaces the original Greek Revival structure, built around 1825 and destroyed by fire in 1929. Here gardeners tended citrus trees and other tropical plants, and tended grapevines along the walls. A hypocaust furnace and later a stove provided the heat needed to keep the trees and plants warm in the winter.

George Washington, adapting from the floor plan, built a similar structure at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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