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050-0064 Seven Springs

Seven Springs
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VLR Listing Date 12/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 05/06/1980

NPS property number 80004194

This compact colonial dwelling boasts a unique square plan with a center chimney. Despite its small size, the house is comparable in its craftsmanship and detailing to many more architecturally ambitious plantation mansions. The construction date is undocumented, but the house likely was built for Capt. George Dabney before his death in 1729. Although Seven Springs was remodeled in the early 19th century, some important original features, such as the walnut stair, paneled doors, and rare foliated hinges, remain intact. Distinguishing exterior features are the jerkinhead roof, the glazed brick raking courses, and the gauged brick jack arches. Its snug outline makes Seven Springs one of the state’s most fetching works of colonial architecture, an all-too-rare example of the tidy charm that architects of the Colonial Revival aspired to instill in their works.


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

Updated April 4, 2018