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036-0002 Abingdon Glebe House

Abingdon Glebe House
Photo credit: Mae Tilley/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 07/07/1970

NRHP Listing Date 09/15/1970

NRHP Reference Number 70000794

This architecturally engaging dwelling belongs to Virginia’s collection of colonial glebe houses, structures built to serve their parishes either as a rental property or as rectories. The house originally served Abingdon Parish, the second church of which is a short distance away. Abingdon Glebe House in Gloucester County was standing as early as 1724 when it was mentioned in a report by the rector, Thomas Hughes, to the bishop of London. Built of Flemish bond with glazed headers, the T-shaped house with its original low wings illustrates the transition from the irregular vernacular structures of the 17th century to the symmetrical houses of the Georgian period. The hipped roofs of the wings are among Virginia’s earliest uses of that roof form. The house and its glebe lands were confiscated from the parish and sold during the disestablishment. The Abingdon Glebe House property has been in private ownership ever since.

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

Updated: June 28, 2022