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032-0096 Laughton

Laughton
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VLR Listing Date 09/12/2001

NRHP Listing Date 04/01/2002

NPS property number 02000318

Laughton (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 Flemishbond 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.


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

Updated April 4, 2018