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Built ca. 1780 for Francis Madison, a younger brother of President James Madison, Greenway is a traditional vernacular building type commonly used in Piedmont Virginia from the mid-18th- to the mid-19th-century. The original core, a single-pile, hall/parlor dwelling, is interesting confirmation that acceptance of such indigenous forms extended even to members of influential families such as the Madison. The façade formerly had side-by-side entrances, one for each room. These were replaced in the early 20th century by a single entrance sheltered by the gable-roofed porch. A rear wing, added ca. 1790, preserves a fine original mantel with pilasters and paneled frieze. Greenway has been a working farm since the 18th century and includes several farm buildings. The property remains in the ownership of descendants of a stepson of Francis Madison’s daughter, Catherine.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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