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066-0040 The Anchorage

The Anchorage
Photo credit: DHR, 2000

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VLR Listing Date 01/15/1995

NRHP Listing Date 03/17/1995

NRHP Reference Number 95000245

On the Northumberland County property formerly known as Roadview, the earliest section of The Anchorage was built in the second or third quarter of the 18th century, probably for Abraham Shears, grandson of the property’s original patentee. The a two-part, 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 Anchorage is situated on Mill Creek, a tidal tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

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

Updated: May 26, 2022