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060-0472 William Barnett House

William Barnett House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NRHP Reference Number 89001806

Distinguished by its two-tiered gallery extending across a remarkably long façade, the William Barnett House is an amalgamation of additions built around a log core. The two-story log section is of undetermined age; local tradition places it as early as 1813. A 1937 WPA Virginia Historical Inventory claims it dates from 1850, the year the property was purchased by the Barnett family. Regardless of age, the house is interesting as a demonstration of the regional practice, seen especially in towns, of extending a building parallel to its road frontage. The house may have been increased in size as many as five times but is unified by its continuous gable roof and the late-19th-century sawn-work railing. With three early outbuildings, the Barnett House preserves considerable information on the way a homeplace evolved in the idiom of an area’s vernacular tradition.


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


Updated: September 2, 2021