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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

053-0509 Green Garden

Green Garden
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VLR Listing Date 06/06/2007

NRHP Listing Date 07/24/2007

NPS property number 07000769

The result of a complicated construction history, the main house at Green Garden began as a brick mill manager’s house about 1833. This section now serves as the rear portion of a later addition and houses the kitchen. The main block was built about 1846, as a Greek Revival-style house. The rear addition connected to the original house was built in 1856, and in 1921 another addition was built on the end of the original house, and a two-story porch was added to the 1856 addition. The current main house from 1846 displays fine detailing, notably the striking Chinese-Chippendale-style balustrade on the flat roof of the entry porch. The builder of the original house was Jesse Richards, operator of the Green Garden mill. The property saw several skirmishes during the Civil War, and served as a hospital and safe house for Mosby’s Rangers, two of whom were Richards’s sons. The main house is supported by several 19th- and 20th-century outbuildings, and the 34-acre property retains its historic view and setting, perpetually protected by a conservation easement.


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

Updated October 14, 2018