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021-0066 White Post Historic District

White Post Historic District
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 08/16/1983

NRHP Listing Date 09/29/1983

NRHP Reference Number 83003278

The crossroads village of White Post (in the Greenway Rural Historic District) grew up around the whitewashed wooden marker that Thomas, Lord Fairfax, had erected in the 1760s to point the way to Greenway Court, the nearby estate from which he managed his vast proprietary holdings. The octagonal post that gives the town its name has been replaced several times, but its form has been maintained as a village landmark and symbol of community identity for over two centuries. Bishop William Meade, who led the 19th-century revival of the Episcopal church in Virginia was born in White Post, and his home, Medea, is individually listed in the registers. The village today is a visually cohesive grouping of some twenty-one residences, two churches, and several commercial structures in local vernacular styles and ranging in date from the 1790s to the 1920s. The principal architectural landmark, the 1875 Bishop Meade Memorial Church, is a rugged work of country Gothic Revival.

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

Updated: May 11, 2021