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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

068-0005 Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/19/1990

NRHP Listing Date 02/27/1992

NPS property number 92000044

Bloomsbury was established sometime after 1720 by Col. James Taylor, Sr., one of the area’s earliest landowners and ancestor of both presidents James Madison and Zachary Taylor. The date of the original section is undocumented but it may have been built as early as 1722 for James Taylor II. Though its exterior is unassuming, the finely appointed interior has a unique floor plan and an unusual staircase. According to family tradition, the wide stair landing, with its decorative turned baluster railing, formed a musicians’ gallery. The house was doubled in size by a plain two story addition around 1800. Bloomsbury is unusually well preserved and retains an scenic rural setting of broad fields and wooded hills. On the grounds is a 19th century smokehouse, an 18th century cemetery and vestiges of a rare early garden with terraces and a sunken area.


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

Updated April 4, 2018