The first homes in Virginia were simple and plain. Bricks were used to a limited extent, and they were manufactured in the colony. The dwelling house resembled the rural gentry of England.The first building materials brought into Virginia from England during the 17th century were imported in 1607 for the use of George Percy. A memoranda of the ninth Earl of Northumberland was found "To Mr. Melshewe for many necessities, which he delivered to Mr. Percy toward building a house in Virginia, 14s." Source: Brown's Genesis of the United States, page 178.
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