Constructed in ca. 1815, Long Meadow in southeast Augusta County sits on a promontory facing the Blue Ridge Mountains. Representative of 19th-century plantations in Augusta County and elsewhere in the Shenandoah Valley, Long Meadow serves as an excellent example of a vernacular interpretation of the Federal architectural style as seen in larger cities of the east coast. Architectural elements of the main house — constructed as a two-story, side-gable, five-bay, I-form brick dwelling with an integral rear brick ell — point to the tendency of local builders to adapt popular designs portrayed in architectural pattern books during the early republic and antebellum periods. Eight outbuildings and structures accompany the main house on the property. Enslaved laborers and free Blacks overseen by an unknown master builder constructed Long Meadow using materials found on the property. Rev. John McCue, minister of the nearby Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, purchased the Long Meadow property in 1792 from Zachariah Johnston, a legendary Revolutionary War hero and Shenandoah Valley pioneer. Tax records as well as other estate documents confirm that African American individuals were enslaved at Long Meadow from 1792 through the end of the Civil War. The McCue family lived at Long Meadow for more than 130 years until 1948, when the property was bequeathed to Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. Subsequent owner Curry C. Carter, the Staunton lawyer and legislator known for his support of Virginia’s Massive Resistance movement during the 1950s and ‘60s, lived at the property for more than 20 years. The Long Meadow property passed to Hampden-Sydney College after Carter’s death in 1970.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark