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023-0020 Salubria

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VLR Listing Date 12/02/1969

NRHP Listing Date 02/16/1970

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 70000789

A classic example of American Georgian architecture, Salubria was erected in the mid-18th-century by the Rev. John Thompson, rector of St. Mark’s parish. Thompson’s first wife was the widow of Governor Alexander Spotswood. Upon her death, Thompson married Elizabeth Rootes, and their son, Philip Rootes Thompson, eventually inherited the Culpeper County property. Typical of high-style Georgian design, the exterior is distinguished by a carefully calculated proportional system and minimal architectural ornamentation. Lending the house special significance as a document of colonial artistry is its outstanding interior paneling. The parlor chimneypiece is framed by Doric pilasters which support a full Doric entablature. The property was acquired by the Hansbrough family in 1802, who named it Salubria, meaning healthful. In 1853 Salubria was bought by Robert O. Grayson, in whose family it has remained. On the grounds are remnants of a large terraced garden.

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

Updated: August 29, 2022