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2016-01-21 09:08:00

Houses with Names

I love history as much as I love architecture.

Up until now, my articles have been mostly design related, but after getting a call from a potential client I thought possibly I could spin the following to where it is somewhat relative to real estate.

A potential client called and wanted us to design a replica of a house in England. The house had a very “British” name. Thinking of names of local houses and being a history buff I started naming a few off.

You may find the following interesting.

Liberty Hall near Forest. Here the Read family delayed General David Hunter with song and julips allowing General Jubal Early time to arrive and defend Lynchburg in 1864. The front section of the house dates to 1815.

Federal Hill near New London. Here is where James Steptoe lived. He was clerk of court for Bedford County. He held that position for 54 years. He was a neighbor and dear friend of Thomas Jefferson. The house was constructed around 1782.

Poplar Forest near Forest was the retreat enjoyed by Thomas Jefferson. Construction began in 1806.

Closeburn Manor near New London. I am not sure if this is the original name, but to the best of my knowledge this was the Calloway home. William Calloway gave the land for the courthouse at New London. I believe his son challenged a stranger to a duel in New London. The stranger was Andrew Jackson.

Rosedale on Graves Mill Road was the home of General Odin Clay. It was built in 1836

Sandusky was the home of Charles Johnston. It was named Sandusky in respect to a frontier fort by the same name in Ohio where he as ransomed from a party of Shawnee by a French fur trader. The house was built around 1808.

Point of Honor at the end of Cabell Street was so named due to the dueling grounds located there. The home was built by Dr. George Cabell. One of Dr. Cabell’s most famous patients was Patrick Henry. This fine example of Federal architecture was built around 1815.

Locust Thicket on Old Forest Road was built by Revolutionary War Major Samuel Scott. His grave along with other soldiers from the Revolution and Civil War are in the cemetery on the grounds. Locust Thicket was in the thick of the fighting on Early’s right flank during the battle of Lynchburg. The house is thought to have been built in 1790.

Avenel located in the City of Bedford. This stunning house was the social hub of activity in Liberty, Virginia before, during and after the Civil War. It was built by William Burwell in 1838. General Robert E. Lee visited here on one of his westerly excursions after the war.

All of the homes mentioned above are still standing.

Virginia is blessed with homes worthy of names. All one has to do is whisper Monticello, Westover, Montpelier, Berkley, Shirley, and Stratford Hall. The list goes on and on.

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