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In the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains in western Albemarle County, Piedmont was originally the property of Michael Woods, who sold it to his son-in-law, William Wallace, a Scotch-Irish immigrant who arrived in this county in 1734. Active in the county’s early political and economic life, Wallace also was instrumental in bringing the first Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Sam Black, to the region. Wallace family tradition holds that the earliest portion of the two-part house was built for Wallace in the second half of the 18th century. The later portion, a typical example of the county’s antebellum vernacular, was built about 1832 and employs penciled Flemish-bond brickwork, molded brick cornices, and two exceptional Greek mantels. Nearby are a log smokehouse, log slave kitchen (later a laundry), and the ruins of the chimney and hearth of a former kitchen.  The Piedmont property contributes to the Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District.

Last Updated: April 17, 2024

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

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