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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

015-0066 Blenheim

Blenheim
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VLR Listing Date 02/01/2015

NRHP Listing Date 05/31/1979

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

This outwardly unassertive house in the hilly countryside of eastern Campbell County is noted for its wealth of elaborate, provincially conceived but deftly executed woodwork. Such decoration is characteristic of the best early houses in the region. Some of the trim, particularly the stair, shows a general debt to designs in contemporary pattern books, but it is interpreted in the very free manner of the more skilled regional craftsmen. The construction date of the house is uncertain, although a sharp increase in tax assessment in 1828 suggests that it was improved in that year for William Jones. The place acquired its present name after its purchase in 1869 by John Devereux. The house survives with few changes and remains a monument to the rural craftsman’s art. Behind the house is the remnant of an early formal garden.


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

Updated August 7, 2018