Few places on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay boast a continuity like Eyre Hall, built in 1759 by Littleton Eyre and occupied by his descendants to this day. Featuring the work of 22 contributors and 400 stunning illustrations, The Material World of Eyre Hall offers a rare and fascinating insight into the preservation of a family home in the midst of changing aspects of southern history through Eyre Hall’s material culture, which will appeal to enthusiasts of architecture, gardens, decorative arts, and beyond.
The eloquent introduction and history of the Eyre family coupled with first-hand accounts of those who lived and worked at Eyre Hall provide a valuable context for understanding the extraordinary buildings, landscape, and household objects that survive to tell its history.
—Carol B. Cadou, Charles F. Montgomery Director and CEO, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
The richness found in these pages surpasses much of what we see and hear at public historic house museums and sites.
—Christy S. Coleman, Executive Director, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Thanks to this beautiful book, Eyre Hall finally has the wider audience that it deserves.
—Jeffrey E. Klee, Vice President and Senior Director of Architecture, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
Dr. Carl R. Lounsbury, Senior Architectural Historian, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (retired), Adjunct Associate Professor of History, College of William and Mary.
Dr. Cary Carson is Senior Vice President of Research at Colonial Williamsburg, retired.
Contributions by: Laura Pass Barry, Bennie Brown, Edward A. Chappell, Sam Florer, Erik Goldstein, Haley Hoffman, Robert Hunter, Neal T. Hurst, Angelika R. Kuettner, Mark B. Letzer, Carl R. Lounsbury, George W. McDaniel, Katie McKinney, Elizabeth Palms, Sumpter Priddy, Margaret Pritchard, Will Rieley, Alexandra Rosenberg, J. Thomas Savage, Gary Stanton, Robert Watkins, and John Watson.
Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-911282-91-4. 448 Pages. 9 x 11 in. 400 color illustrations. In association with Giles Ltd., UK. September 2021