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023-0049 Locust Grove

Locust Grove
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/13/1985

NRHP Listing Date 10/10/1985

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 85003131

The core of this evolved dwelling is a rare example for its locale of a middling farmer’s residence of the colonial period. It began as a 16′ X 20′ structure of dressed pine planks with full-dovetail notching, and may have been built as early as 1735 for William Willis. Except for beaded ceiling joists, the original interior was extremely plain. A single-room frame addition was constructed a decade or so later, and the whole was covered in weatherboarding. Mantels were added during the Federal period along with the present boxed stair, replacing the original ladder stair. The house was further expanded by four lean-to units, the last attached ca. 1840. The resulting structure illustrates the improvements in housing that accompanied the rising prosperity of area farmers Isaac Willis, who lived here from 1774 to 1867 owned nineteen slaves, 150 head of livestock, and a “pleasure carriage.”


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

Updated August 7, 2018