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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

002-0095 Mountain Grove

Mountain Grove
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/20/1980

NRHP Listing Date 09/08/1980

NPS property number 80004164

Mountain Grove shares with a number of other Piedmont dwellings with a tripartite Palladian scheme an architectural format which was derived from 18th-century English pattern books. Situated in the scenic Green Mountain area, the house was built in 1803-4 for Benjamin Harris, an Albemarle County soldier and magistrate. Although its proportions and detailing are somewhat provincial, the house is reminiscent of Jefferson’s earliest designs for Monticello and reflects the sophistication of its builder in abandoning the usual Georgian rectangular plan for a more distinctive scheme. Of special interest is Mountain Grove’s untouched interior which has included paneled wainscoting, carved mantels, and two sets of stairs with turned balusters. The woodwork is important for preserving its early painted folk decoration consisting of graining on the wainscoting and an overmantel painted with marbleizing, tassels, swags, and stippling.


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

Updated September 27, 2018