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A good example of rural Federal-style architecture that features transitional elements of early Classical Revival and Greek Revival styles, Trenton is a two-and-one-half-story, three-bay brick dwelling constructed circa 1829. The center-passage, double-pile plan of the house, and the Palladian-like motif used in the entry hall, are hallmarks of the Federal style, the influence of which is also seen in the notable interior woodwork. Around 1960, a one-story, shed-roof addition was constructed on the north side of the dwelling, and the south side became the main entrance. Otherwise, alterations have been minimal to Trenton, locally known as the “Brick House.” In 1936, the U.S. government acquired the property under the Resettlement Administration, and it was conveyed to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Economic Development in 1954. Trenton is currently located within Cumberland State Forest, and it was used as the forestry superintendent’s home until 1990. At the time of its listing in the registers, it served as the Cumberland State Forest’s headquarters.

Last Updated: May 27, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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