The National Trust For Historic Preservation has listed the most endangered places in the country and a deteriorating mansion in Powhatan County, Va has made the list. The Belmead-on-the-James was built in 1845 but is quickly turning into a pile of rubble. Besides being a potentially beautiful Goth Revival mansion, the building has a fascinating history to go along with it. Built by slaves, then turned into a school for African-Americans and Native Americans, and once owned by members of the wealthy Drexel family, the property has followed the history of America every step of the way. Click over for a substantial set of photos showing the history of the buildings from their glory days to today.
· America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places [National Trust For Historic Preservation]