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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

032-0019 Melrose

Melrose
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/14/2000

NRHP Listing Date 08/14/2000

NPS property number 00000892

Melrose was built by Charles Alexander Scott in 1813 near his mill on the James River. Scott was a member of the locally prominent family that operated Scott’s Landing and founded Scottsville. The Federal-style, two-story, center-hall brick house has Flemish bond above and American bond below its water table. It is sited very dramatically at the top of a series of earthen terraces rising above the Seven Islands section of the river, which can be heard but not seen from the house. A fire in 1836 destroyed much of the interior, but the house was quickly restored within the original walls and most of the interior trim from this period survives. The slate roof probably was installed at the same time.


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

Updated April 4, 2018