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The weatherboarded country Georgian structure of Oakridge is a typical and well-preserved example of a residence of a prosperous planter of Virginia’s southern Piedmont. It was built in Nottoway County ca. 1800 for Burwell Smith, a Southside landowner who, in contrast to his substantial and well-finished house, was described by one writer as “a particularly parsimonious and illiterate man.” Although the generously proportioned house appears to have been built in two sections, the one-story wing is part of the original construction. The main rooms are ornamented with paneled wainscoting and paneled chimneypieces framed by fluted pilasters. A special interior feature of Oakridge is the Chinese lattice stair railing, a stylish device sometimes found in finer Federal-style houses in southern Virginia.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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