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Two story white house with covered entrance and dormer window
Plumeri House
Acquired by the College: 1963
Named in honor of Joe Plumeri '66
Opened as: Swem House (named for College Librarian Earl Gregg Swem)
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The Plumeri House at William & Mary is located at 119 Chandler Court. The 2 story frame house was formerly known as the Swem House as it once belonged to College Librarian Earl Gregg Swem. William & Mary purchased the house from Swem on February 8, 1963, for $26,000. (Board of Visitors, May 11, 1963, p.23; Consolidated Land Register; Deed Book 34, p.425)

Earl Gregg Swem nicknamed his home "Spadehaven". Swem House served as faculty housing for the Kenan Professor from 1963 to ___.

Material in the Special Collections Research Center


  • University Archives Buildings File (2007), Swem House Building, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William & Mary.
  • Board of Visitors, May 11, 1963, p.23
  • Consolidated Land Register; Deed Book 34, p.425
  • Plumeri House on the William & Mary website.


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