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066-0040 The Anchorage

The Anchorage
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VLR Listing Date 01/15/1995

NRHP Listing Date 03/17/1995

NPS property number 95000245

On property formerly known as Roadview, the earliest section of this two-part house was built in the second or third quarter of the 18th century, probably for Abraham Shears, grandson of the property’s original patentee. The three-bay, gambrel-roof structure is typical of the many vernacular colonial dwellings that once dotted the Northern Neck, of which only a handful remain. A defining feature is the massive, double-shouldered brick chimney. The house was remodeled around 1800, when Federal mantels and other then-fashionable trim were added. In 1856 William C. Kent enlarged the house with a two-story wing in a country Greek Revival idiom. On the grounds are a 18th-century corncrib and a family cemetery dating from the Kent family ownership. The house is situated on Mill Creek, a tidal tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.


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

Updated November 14, 2018