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060-0107 Bishop House

Bishop House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NRHP Reference Number 89001812

Perched on the edge of a steep bluff, high above the Little River and the village of Graysontown in Montgomery County, the Bishop House is a dwelling of immediate and unique appeal. The setting, compact scale, and quaint architecture, combine to make a memorable picture of late-19th-century individualism and domesticity. The dominant design element is the fanciful Eastlake front porch with its turned posts, pendants, balusters, and spindles. This is echoed on the rear with a two-tiered porch overlooking the river valley. Inside, the Bishop House is trimmed with unpainted pine woodwork accented with details in walnut. The house, probably built in the 1870s, was originally the home of Dr. William Bishop, a Civil War veteran. Local tradition holds that Dr. Bishop played the bugle from this hill every Sunday evening.

The Bishop House was listed in the registers under the Prehistoric and Historic Resources of Montgomery County MPD.

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

Updated: June 8, 2022