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048-0016 Office Hall

Office Hall
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VLR Listing Date 08/21/1990

NRHP Listing Date 01/24/1991

NRHP Reference Number 90002164

The two picturesque outbuildings at this busy highway intersection are the remnants of an extensive 18th century farmstead that was the birthplace and childhood home of William (“Extra Billy”) Smith (1797-1887), U.S. congressman, Confederate general and twice governor of Virginia. Built circa 1805-1820, the kitchen is one of the very few one- room-plan, two-story brick plantation kitchens recorded in Virginia. It exhibits several unusual features including formal Federal style detailing, an odd hierarchy of brickwork patterns, and a second story room originally accessible only by an exterior stair. At various points in its history the kitchen served as servants’ lodgings and as a private school. The contemporary smokehouse has an unusual roof structure, featuring false joists and outriggers. Both buildings remain remarkably unaltered and illustrate the broad repertoire of the vernacular Virginia builder.
[boundary adjustment nomination, VLR Listed: 5/16/1999; NRHP Listed: 8/19/1999]

1999 Boundary Adjustment Nomination

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

Updated September 17, 2018