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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

067-0014 Oakridge

Oakridge
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VLR Listing Date 03/15/1977

NRHP Listing Date 01/30/1978

NPS property number 78003035

This weatherboarded country Georgian structure is a typical and well-preserved example of a residence of a prosperous planter of Virginia’s southern Piedmont. It was built 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 is the Chinese lattice stair railing, a stylish device sometimes found in finer Federal houses in southern Virginia.


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

Updated April 4, 2018