Wolftrap Farm

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74002132; OT74002132

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An architectural curiosity, the vernacular farmhouse on Wolftrap Farm survived as Virginia’s only known example of an early dwelling with a double tier of dormer windows. Another such house, Bewdley in Lancaster County, was destroyed by fire in 1917. Unlike Bewdley, Wolftrap had its two rows of dormers on only one roof slope, giving the house an asymmetrical profile. Multiple tiers of dormers are common in central Europe but rare in Britain; hence, this roof treatment was not widely used by settlers of English descent. In Virginia, rows of dormers were sometimes employed on large industrial buildings, especially urban mills, but almost never on houses. Wolftrap was erected for the Jones family in the second decade of the 19th century.

Wolftrap Farm was listed for its significance in the area of Architecture as the only known example of a ca. 1820 Virginia farmhouse with a distinctive double tier of dormer windows. At the time of listing in the registers the property included about 5 acres, and a frame kitchen/quarter with brick chimney also was on the property. In 2012, the abandoned house and the outbuilding were demolished.

Last Updated: February 19, 2024

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

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