A plantation set on a high bluff overlooking the James River in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The manor house was a two-story, three-bay, side-hall, single-pile, wood-frame structure with an Ell (architecture) built in the last decade of the eighteenth century for John Wayles Eppes, a United States Representative and Senator from Virginia and son-in-law of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. The name of the Plantation is said to have been suggested by Eppes's father-in-law Thomas Jefferson, due to the height of the bluff and the expansive views across the broad river valley below. (Mont Blanc, in the Alps, is the highest mountain in Western Europe.) During the American Civil War, the plantation was plundered by Union soldiers of the Army of the James under General Benjamin Franklin Butler, who occupied the area during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. The manor house at Mount Blanco was destroyed by fire in the mid-1950s. In the early 21st-century, the agricultural operation was discontinued, and the land sold for residential development. The name of the subdivision, "Mount Blanco", is the only reminder of the historic plantation that once stood there.
John Wayles Eppes