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Sherwood Forest Plantation
Sherwood Forest was the name USA President John Tyler gave to the home he
bought near his birthplace of Greenway, Virginia, in 1842. He said it
signified that he had been "outlawed" by the Whig party. He retired there
when he left the White House in 1845 and spent the rest of his life there
with his second wife and some of his children - he had eight with his first
wife, seven with his second wife, and the last of them died in 1947.
The house, originally named "Walnut Grove," was very run-down when Tyler
bought it, and Congress refused to pay him the allowance that was customary
for upkeep of the White House, so Tyler had to pay for repairs at Sherwood
Forest himself, and he did much of the work himself. Owners of the house who
started restoring it in the mid-20th century started removing some home-made
storm windows and then discovered from old records that Tyler had built them
himself, so they kept them. One of the house's claims to fame is the length
of the long, skinny ballroom Tyler had added to the house to accommodate the
style of dancing popular then - what is today called "line dancing" but was
then the "Virginia reel."