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007-0638 Miller-Hemp House

Miller-Hemp House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/16/1981

NRHP Listing Date 07/08/1972

NPS property number 82004542

The murals in the 1884 Miller-Hemp house are the region’s most extensive and best-preserved demonstration of the craft of a 19th-century rural itinerant painter. The wide variety of decoration shows the creativity and broad repertoire of local artist Green Berry Jones, who signed and dated his work June 17, 1892. Large, brightly painted landscape and hunting scenes along with vignettes containing popular figures such as Buffalo Bill, line the central hallway. Wood-grained doors and marbleized mantels with stenciled designs highlight the second-floor rooms. An amusing feature is the labeling of each room above its hall doorway. Although several other examples of Jones’s artistry remain in the county, none equals the Miller-Hemp house. Like much of the Shenandoah Valley interior painting, Jones’s work is a contrast to a very plain exterior.


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

Updated April 4, 2018