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009-0065 Rothsay

Photo credit: Dan Pezzoni/DHR, 1992

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VLR Listing Date 02/28/1992

NRHP Listing Date 10/30/1992

NRHP Reference Number 92001387

The architecturally refined residence at Rothsay was built in 1914 on the site of a Federal-period house that burned. The design represents an accomplished melding of the Georgian Revival and Craftsman styles popular during the period. The Lynchburg firm of Heard and Cardwell designed a 1918 addition and likely designed the main part as well. Defining features are the spreading hipped roof, symmetrical fa├žade, and unaltered interior woodwork. A garden terrace, designed by Washington landscape architect George E. Burnap in 1918, joins a combined dovecote/garden seat, a pumphouse, and several ancillary structures. Lynchburg architect Stanhope Johnson designed the distinctive gateposts. Behind the house are farm buildings viewed against a panoramic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rothsay was built for Octavius Loxley Clark Radford (1870-1935), who maintained one of the largest and most progressive farming operations in Bedford County. Rothsay remains the property of his descendants.

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

Updated: April 25, 2022