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060-0440 Barnett House

Barnett House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001810

The large brick residence built in 1808 for David Barnett originally was a dignified Federal residence, one of several in the narrow valley that also contains Fotheringay and the Madison Farm. As completed, it was a five-bay I-house with a one-story ell. In 1907 the farm was purchased by Capt. “Black” Barger of nearby Walnut Grove for his daughter and her husband, O. N. Moomaw. Moomaw took advantage of the Big Spring on the property and built a series of lakes to raise watercress. It was a successful venture; Moomaw’s cress eventually graced the salads of fine restaurants and ocean liners. In 1910 Moomaw undertook a remodeling that transformed the house into a Colonial Revival mansion. The alterations were confined mainly to the exterior and included the Doric portico and veranda, the deep eaves, and the pedimented dormers.


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

Updated October 18, 2018