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060-0117 Grayson-Gravely House

Grayson-Gravely House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001813

Occupying the edge of a steeply sloped rise in Graysontown, this festive Victorian house is a surprisingly bold architectural statement for a somnolent hamlet. Particularly striking is the idiosyncratic treatment of the porch gable and second-floor window hoods, which are gaily decked out with patterned shingles, scrolled brackets, turned finials, and lacy sawn facias. Distinctive as well is the three-level side tower with its sawn-work railing. The house was built ca. 1881 for Ephraim C. Grayson, member of the village’s local founding family. It was sold in 1889 to J.H.H. Gravely who moved the house to its present site from farther up the hill. Local tradition has it that the house received its decorative flourishes at the behest of Mrs. Gravely following the move. Much of the material may have been produced in the local Grayson-family saw mill.


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

Updated April 4, 2018