Where We Live: the historic Thomas Nelson House

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The Nelson House, the home of Thomas Nelson, Jr, one of Yorktown's most famous residents and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was constructed around 1730, according to the National Park Service. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)

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The Nelson House was once home to Thomas Nelson, Jr, one of Yorktown's most famous residents and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The house was constructed around 1730, according to the National Park Service.

The home that survived wars and hurricanes remains relatively intact, although cannonballs from the Revolutionary War period pepper the sides of the building, relics from when the American forces laid siege to Yorktown in the final battle of the Revolution.

National Park Service Historical Interpreter Linda Williams says one of the greatest mysteries of the house is the damage done by one cannonball on the inner side of an outer wall. Historians still don't understand how the ammunition made its way into the interior of the property. 

Marble fireplaces and original hardwood floors are featured throughout the historic home. The house also features vaulted ceilings, wood-paneled walls and tall windows in authentic colonial style.

The building housed a Civil War hospital until General McClellan’s army swept through the area. Many troops left their mark, unit information, or initials on the outer brick door frames of the front door.

Bedrooms have views of the back yard, the side yard -- where slave quarters once stood -- as well as a kitchen, chicken coops and a sunken garden.

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