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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

NPS property 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 a 1813. A 1937 WPA of 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 November 15, 2018