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041-0050 Seaton

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VLR Listing Date 03/18/1980

NRHP Listing Date 05/19/1980

NRHP Reference Number 80004193

This Gothic Revival cottage, set off by its scalloped dormer bargeboards and the crenelated parapet of its small front porch, was the creation of the Halifax master builder Josiah Dabbs. Seaton was completed in 1857 for William M. Howerton, son of tobacco entrepreneur Philip Howerton. The house illustrates the popularity of the Gothic style among the planter class just prior to the Civil War. A two-story wing was added in 1887. At the same time the parlor was remodeled with the installation of an early Jardine pipe organ salvaged from a local church and here framed by an ornate Moorish-style wooden screen. Preserved on the grounds are remnants of 19th-century romantic landscaping as well as several early outbuildings, including a large 1887 carriage house. Seaton remains the home of Howerton descendants and preserves many early decorations such as carpeting, curtains, and furnishings.

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

Updated: February 23, 2021