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005-5029 Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn
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VLR Listing Date 06/08/2006

NRHP Listing Date 09/06/2006

NPS property number 06000802

Oak Lawn is a Georgian and Greek Revival–style, two-story, frame house, with a pair of gable-end chimneys on each side. The house evolved during two construction phases. The original section was likely built by Ambrose Burford during the first-two decades of the 19th century and expanded by his son Sylvester L. about 1857. The entrepreneurial Sylvester Burford was identified as a carriage maker in federal censuses, but was also a mill and store owner, a coffin maker and undertaker, and an inventor who patented a wooden shoe sole with the Confederate Patent Office during the Civil War. Oak Lawn and its six-plus acres, including a late 19th-century latticed well house in the front yard, remained in the intermarried Burford and Wortham families until the 1930s.


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

Updated September 10, 2018