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038-0008 Ripshin

Photo credit: DHR, 1970

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/02/1971

NRHP Listing Date 09/22/1971

NHL Listing Date 11/11/1971

NRHP Reference Number 71000979

Author Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) had this rustic but comfortable log and stone dwelling built after visiting Grayson County in 1925, and falling in love with its breathtaking unspoiled landscape. Ripshin, completed in 1927, was designed by Anderson’s architect-friend James Spratling of New Orleans. The property, which includes the house and a writing cabin, was named for a nearby creek. A native of Ohio, Anderson regarded Ripshin as his home and lived here until his death. Anderson’s most memorable writings included Winesburg, Ohio; Poor White; Many Marriages; and Memories. These and other of his books and short stories were part of the American school of realism. While he lived at Ripshin, Anderson served as publisher, editor, and reporter for two Marion, Va., newspapers. The house, inside and out, has changed little since Anderson lived here.

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

Updated: October 25, 2021