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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

016-5010 Old Mansion

Old Mansion
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/05/1968

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 69000227

Part of a land grant of 1670, the plantation on which this venerable colonial manor house is located originally was called Bowling Green after the green sward before the entrance. The name was changed to Old Mansion when its owner, Maj. John Hoomes, donated property for the courthouse and permitted the newly formed county seat to take the name of his estate (the Bowling Green Historic District). The house, with its fine brickwork, hipped dormers, original sash, jerkinhead roof, and interior paneling, preserves a romantic image of a prosperous colonial Virginia plantation seat. A later gambrel-roof rear wing adds to its interest. The cedar-lined lawn stretching from the front is the remnant of a colonial race track. South of the house are the earth terraces of a large early garden. George Washington and his troops camped on the property during the Revolutionary War.


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

Updated November 14, 2018