The Bryan McDonald, Jr., House, in Botetourt County, constructed in 1766, is associated with one of the early families to establish a home in Botetourt County, where many settlers were of Scottish descent. At the time of its listing the McDonald House was one of only two 18th-century stone houses recorded in Botetourt County (the other one, Mulberry Bottom, was built circa 1786). The house is also the oldest known extant building in a 27-county western region of the Commonwealth that extends from Rockbridge County in the Shenandoah Valley to Lee County, on Virginia’s western tip. The Bryan McDonald, Jr., House is unique as well for incorporating coursed sandstone blocks into its front façade instead of limestone, which is used in other portions of the house, and commonly used for stone construction throughout the region. The house also features an 1840 brick addition.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark