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054-0043 Ionia

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VLR Listing Date 05/16/1972

NRHP Listing Date 06/30/1972

NRHP Reference Number 72001405

Ionia’s dwelling house, with its symmetrical facade, hall-parlor plan, shed-roofed porch, weatherboarded walls, and narrow dormers, illustrates the rational simplicity of the colonial Virginia farmhouse, a simplicity not based on economic necessity. Despite its small size and ordinary materials, the house has the architectural dignity inherent in many vernacular buildings of the period. Built in the early 1770s for Maj. James Watson, it is one of the oldest residences in the Green Springs Rural Historic District. Expanded at least four times by different generations of the family, the house retains its self-effacing aspect. Several early domestic outbuildings, including a large early barn, add interest to this venerable homestead.

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

Updated: March 14, 2021