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053-0120 Welbourne

Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 1991

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/06/1971

NRHP Listing Date 02/23/1972

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 72001404

Set in the heart of Loudoun County’s hunt country, Welbourne is a patrician homestead expanded in stages over a century and a half to meet the tastes and needs of seven generations of the same family. John Peyton Dulany purchased the nucleus of the present house, an 18th-century stone dwelling, in 1833, and enlarged it into a five-bay structure. The house was further enlarged in the 1840s, with one-story wings with demi-octagonal ends. Additional embellishment came in the 1850s with Italianate porticoes on the façade and a rear ell. A two-story south wing rounded out the house in the 1870s. Each part of the house retains a distinctive character. Located on the park-like grounds is an early formal garden and an extensive collection of outbuildings. Filled with an accumulation of family possessions, Welbourne offers a keenly felt continuity with the past.  The house contributes to the Unison Battlefield Historic District.

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

Updated: April 16, 2021