Monday, June 19, 2023

Powell House


"Benjamin Powell was a carpenter who became a contractor, built a couple of Williamsburg landmarks, and enjoyed the company and counsel of some of 18th-century Williamsburg's leading gentlemen. He acquired his property at the east end of the city in 1763, and for nearly 20 years pursued from there the career of an 'undertaker' – as contractors were called in those days." -- Colonial Williamsburg


  1. That looks like a lovely house.

  2. The property is pretty impressive looking.

  3. So a contractor undertook projects? or is undertaker a synonym for carpenter?

    1. Definitely the former, but I think the term probably refers to someone who oversees a "project". I suppose that today we might call this person a "project manager" or, perhaps, a "foreman".


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