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001-0066 Arbuckle Place

Arbuckle Place
Photo credit: Ralph Harvard, 1985

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VLR Listing Date 12/17/1985

NRHP Listing Date 05/22/1986

NRHP Reference Number 86001136

Originally called Assawoman, this venerable Accomack County dwelling was renamed in the 20th century for Edward Arbuckle, who acquired the property in 1797. The house may incorporate portions of a ca. 1723 one-room settlement house owned by Comfort Taylor Ewell but most or all of the existing fabric appears to have been built in 1774 by Alexander Stockley, II, for his son Joseph. Arbuckle Place is the sole early remnant of the once-thriving port of Assawoman. With its steep gable roof and brick ends, Arbuckle Place is a classic example of the region’s colonial vernacular architecture. The date 1774, the Stockleys’ initials, and the mason’s initials are inscribed on the east chimney. The interior has a hall/parlor plan and features finely detailed paneling which relates directly to a school of locally made furniture. During the Revolutionary War the local militia mustered in the yard here.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: March 8, 2022