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032-0096 Laughton

Photo credit: Jack Zehmer/DHR, 2000

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VLR Listing Date 09/12/2001

NRHP Listing Date 04/01/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02000318

Laughton in Fluvanna County was begun about 1785 by David Shepherd, a local planter who also served as a county sheriff and magistrate. The house is a particularly good example of a small plantation house that was enlarged to accommodate expanding families and exhibits this evolution picturesquely. Especially noteworthy is its handsome Flemish-bond brick chimney with paved weatherings and diagonal lines of glazed headers parallel to the weathered slopes. The interior contains much of its original woodwork. A double row of boxwood nearly 20 feet high leads to the front door. The Shepherd family cemetery located on a rise just east of the house is enclosed by a robust granite wall.

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

Updated: June 15, 2021