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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

068-0007 Burlington

Burlington
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/20/1993

NRHP Listing Date 01/11/1994

DHR Board of Historic Resources easements

NPS property number 93001458

Burlington is a classic demonstration of the transmission of sophisticated architectural design to rural buildings through the medium of publication. This stately plantation house is embellished with Greek-style decorations copied with precision from illustrations in Asher Benjamin’s pattern book The Practical House Carpenter (1830), a work that profoundly influenced American building. It was Benjamin’s handsome plates and straightforward instructions that made the grandeur of Attica accessible to the nation’s nethermost regions. Burlington was constructed in 1851 by master carpenter George H. Stockdon for James Barbour Newman, nephew of Governor James Barbour. Most of the labor was provided by blacks, both free and slave. The fluted Ionic columns, doorway, window frames, mantels, and moldings are all faithfully interpreted Benjamin designs. An exception is the Chinese lattice balcony railing, a detail popularized in the area by Thomas Jefferson. Essentially unchanged, Burlington retains its gentle rural setting.


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

Updated August 8, 2018