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053-0186 Glebe of Shelburne Parish

Glebe of Shelburne Parish
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VLR Listing Date 11/19/1974

NRHP Listing Date 04/01/1975

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 75002023

Nestled in the shadow of Mount Gilead, in the pastoral landscape of the Goose Creek Historic District, the former glebe house of Shelburne Parish is one of the state’s handful of extant colonial glebe houses and perhaps the only one for which original specifications survive. It is also the only remaining glebe house in Northern Virginia. It was begun on the 465 acre glebe in 1773 by the builder Appolis Cooper. Its first occupant was the Rev. David Griffith who departed in 1776 to become a chaplain in the Continental army. Unlike most other glebes, Shelburne Glebe was not relinquished immediately after the disestablishment of the Anglican church, but was held defiantly by its parish for thirty eight years. Although extensively remodeled and enlarged after its sale to private owners in 1840, its colonial brick walls attest to the house’s early origins.


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

Updated April 4, 2018