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054-0326 Longwood

Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 06/12/2002

NRHP Listing Date 09/14/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02000998

Longwood is a large Louisa County plantation house built in 1859 by lawyer George Loyall Gordon. The similarity of the house to the Exchange Hotel in the nearby Orange County town of Gordonsville gives credence to its attribution to prominent local master builder Benjamin Faulconer. Gordon was killed at the Battle of Malvern Hill in 1862. His family owned the house until 1921. In form, Longwood is the classic southern mansion with its full-width two-level front porch. The porch was removed in the mid-20th century, but was reconstructed at the time of listing in the registers from old photographs. The owners also returned the interior to its original form. The house at Longwood sits at the end of a long lane in a large clearing surrounded by deep woods.

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

Updated: April 15, 2022