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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

030-0222 Paris Historic District

Paris Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/06/2006

NRHP Listing Date 03/21/2007

NPS property number 07000192

For the modern day traveler, the Paris Historic District is unique in both its beauty of setting and its ambience, effectively recalling the antebellum period in Virginia. Located at the eastern end of Ashby Gap in Fauquier County, one of the best-known and most historic passages through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tiny village of Paris displays a well-preserved 19th-century architectural fabric and a pristine rural and agricultural setting. The town was laid out into lots some two decades before the Virginia General Assembly officially established it in 1810. Because of its strategic location and its proximity to some of the richest agricultural areas of the state, Paris seemed destined to become an important economic and transportation point. During the first half of the 19th century, the village offered the transportation services of blacksmiths, wheelwrights, harness makers, and taverns. Bypassed by the mid-19th century Manassas Gap Railroad traversing the mountains in this area and later by U.S. 50, Paris languished and retained only a few of the services travelers needed. However, in so doing it became a time capsule of life from the first half of the 19th century in northwestern Virginia.


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

Updated August 29, 2018