Wild Willie's Victorian Villa

242 Whittle Street, Chatham, Virginia
By Henry H. Mitchell

Sims-Mitchell House

William E. Sims is one of Chatham's most colorful and controversial historical figures, and his home, built in the Italian style by father-in-law James M. Whittle, was probably Chatham's most ostentatious when it was constructed during the 1870's (see Historical Details).

Time, however, has mellowed both the memories of the fiery Sims and the ambience of the house. Instead of tall, dark, and stark above a terraced hill facing the courthouse and downtown area, it now nestles quietly and comfortably among boxwood and large trees.

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