Wilton Plantation House
Wilton is a Georgian plantation house built in 1763 by William Churchill in Hartfield VA. The footprint, interior floorplan and finishes of the house survived with little or no intervention. Beginning in early 2013, Chris Mills was contracted to conserve and stabilize the extant historic finishes, provide decorative painting services on the new woodwork, recreate historic finishes and provide schedules for maintenance.
Conservation of 18th Century Finishes 2013-14
The objective for the treatment of the interior finishes was to retain the existing visual narrative of the paint layers by leaving signs of wear, UV damage and human intervention (i.e. hand oils, friction wear, partial painting campaigns) but remove surface dirt and grime that distort the texture and hue. Compromised painted surfaces were stabilized to a degree that mitigated further damage without physical/noticeable change to the appearance. Inpainting was limited to recent vandalization and dutchman repairs. New window elements were painted a lighter sympathetic color to distinguish them from the historic paint layers.
Wilton Slave Quarters 2015
The Slave Quarters dates to the 18th century and is located west of the main house. Archeological investigations found that there were two fireplaces at the north and south ends suggesting the structure was a two family dwelling. Restoration began in late 2013 and included the recreation of the fireplaces, restoration of the windows, re-plastering the interior and replacement of exterior siding battens. In February 2014, Chris Mills and Nicole Seguin recreated the interior limewash finishes using traditional materials and tools. The replaced exterior battens were also replaces and required toning to match surrounding material.