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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

015-0013 Shady Grove

Shady Grove
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/18/1982

NRHP Listing Date 08/26/1982

NPS property number 82004548

Built in 1825 for Paulina Cabell Henry on land inherited from her father, Dr. George Cabell of Point of Honor in Lynchburg, Shady Grove is an example of the interpretation of highly sophisticated and academic architectural embellishments by country craftsmen. It is speculated that Mrs. Henry was attempting here to duplicate the richness of detailing found in her childhood home. The resulting interior work, the product of an unidentified artisan, is naive in its execution, possessing a charm and vitality often lacking in more academic counterparts. The neat but somewhat plain exterior likewise illustrates a blending of academic and vernacular influences. Paulina Cabell Henry was married to Spotswood Henry, a younger son of Patrick Henry. Because Spotswood Henry had no stated occupation, ownership of the plantation remained in his wife’s name.


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

Updated April 4, 2018