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036-0003 Airville

Photo credit: Nancy Carter Crump, ca. 1990

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VLR Listing Date 10/16/1990

NRHP Listing Date 12/06/1990

NRHP Reference Number 90001824

Airville is endowed with particular architectural quality. The original section is a traditional gambrel-roofed dwelling built perhaps as early as 1747 by the Dixon family. In 1827 the Gloucester County property was bought by Thomas Smith, a highly successful merchant and General Assembly delegate, who had business interests stretching to New York, London, and the West Indies. Smith began building the main, two-story section in 1836. Completed in 1840, four months before his death, the result is a finely-crafted specimen of late Federal architecture. Smith’s brother, who put Airville up for sale, advertised it as a “Dwelling house of ample dimensions, finished in the neatest manner, and of the very best materials. . . fitted up with handsome Marble Mantles, and a circular Staircase of Mahogany.” The estate has an outstanding complex of early outbuildings, including an icehouse and dairy, both with conical roofs.

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

Updated: July 29, 2021