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028-0015 Glencairn

Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 02/21/1978

NRHP Listing Date 05/14/1979

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 79003036

This informal old manor house, a landmark to passing motorists on nearby U.S. Highway 17 in the Occupacia-Rappahannock Rural Historic District in Essex County, was constructed with rare framing techniques, which offer important clues to early Virginia building technology. The oldest portion of the house began ca. 1730 as a one-room dwelling with exposed ceiling joists and exposed framing for an exterior cornice. This elementary dwelling was expanded to its present form with its long rear porch in the fourth quarter of the 18th century, during the ownership of the Waring family. The picturesque shed dormers likely date from a mid-19th-century renovation. An oddity of the plan of the later section is the exceptionally wide center passage. The house long stood in a state of neglect but was carefully restored in the late 1970s.

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

Updated: November 11, 2021