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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

016-0034 Green Falls

Green Falls
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VLR Listing Date 03/19/1997

NRHP Listing Date 05/23/1997

NPS property number 97000485

Though Green Falls is obviously a dwelling of great age, its construction date is uncertain. Claims have been made that the house was built in 1710 for Richard Johnston. Architectural evidence, however, points to a date in the second or third quarter of the 18th century. The house thus could have been the building that served as Johnston’s Tavern for which Thomas Johnston was issued a tavern license in 1747. The property was acquired in 1800 by Robert Wright, who added the south wing around 1808. The house is distinguished by its tall proportions and side-passage plan. The dominant features are the massive brick chimneys. Some early trim survives on the interior but most dates from the mid-19th century. On the grounds is an 18th-century smokehouse. Seen across the fields, the house presents a memorable picture of Tidewater’s early cultural landscape.


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

Updated April 4, 2018