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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

005-0020 Tusculum

Tusculum
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/08/2004

NRHP Listing Date 11/19/2004

NPS property number 04001244

Unfortunatley no longer eligible, Tusculum, where William Sidney Crawford, Amherst County Clerk of Court, routinely transacted county business, was originally honored by placement in the registers for its architectural integrity. The two-story Georgian and Federal frame dwelling had been built in two phases. A two-room-deep, side-passage plan section to the north was constructed possibly as early 1750; a one-room plan southern section was added around 1805. The house had stone and brick foundations, plain and beaded weatherboard siding, exterior gable-end brick chimneys, and a gable roof covered in asphalt shingles. The three-bay original section had a one-story entry porch on the east side; a similar porch on the west side was replaced by a small addition. A breezeway separated the first stories of the original section and addition, and continued as a porch along the east rear elevation of the two-bay addition. The interior was little altered and featured Georgian and Federal mantels, a stair with turned balusters, chair rails, wood floors, and plaster-lath walls and ceilings. In order to avoid demolition, the 1750 section of the house was disassembled, moved to a suitable and safe location and re-erected. The southern addition, carefully wearhoused, may eventually be re-erected as well.


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

Updated August 27, 2018