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050-0064 Seven Springs

Seven Springs
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2022

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 05/06/1980

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 80004194

The compact colonial dwelling of Seven Springs 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 King William County 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.

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

Updated: November 23, 2022