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007-0604 James Alexander House

James Alexander House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/16/1981

NRHP Listing Date 09/16/1982

NPS property number 82004543

The James Alexander house and adjacent springhouse are the core remnants of one of Augusta County’s more distinctive early vernacular farm complexes. In view of thousands of travelers daily passing on Interstate Highway 81, the buildings preserve a glimpse into the past, revealing the flow of central European-inspired architectural traditions to the area from Pennsylvania. The house, built ca. 1827, integrates the Continental two-level bank form with the Georgian plan and detailing of eastern Virginia. The more purely regional springhouse employ similar two-level bank siting and limestone construction typical of Pennsylvania German architecture. The exterior fireplace on the springhouse, one of the few surviving examples of this utilitarian form, was used in such household and farm chores as butchering, laundering, soapmaking, and apple butter cooking.


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

Updated April 4, 2018