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060-0434 Pompey Callaway House

Pompey Callaway House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NRHP Reference Number 89001811

This 1910 house in the historically African American section of Elliston is the individual architectural expression of a former slave, Pompey Callaway, working with traditional forms and building practices. Callaway was born in Franklin County. His origins apparently had a strong impression on him, for his Elliston home is said to have been modeled after the residence of his former master, which explains why this early 20th-century house has the appearance of a dwelling normally dating from the antebellum period. The I-house plan and the entrance with sidelights and transom could easily be mistaken for a mid-19th-century work. Not only did Callaway undertake the construction, he made his own bricks, molding them and firing them in a kiln nearby. The house took many years to complete because Callaway, a station worker, was forced to confine his labor to weekends.

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

Updated: September 8, 2021