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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

068-0065 Williston

Williston
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/14/2005

NRHP Listing Date 11/16/2005

NPS property number 05001270

The persistence of traditional plantation architecture and layout that lingered in rural areas of Virginia following the Civil War is embodied in Williston. The house and its ancillary structures were built circa 1867 by Joseph Hiden, a county businessman and public official. The stateliness of the Southern antebellum idiom is evoked by the structure’s tall proportions and portico. The design reflects the influence of contemporary fashion with its use of an Italianate bracketed cornice, sawn-work railings, and vaguely Gothic columns. A unique feature of Williston is the remarkable dining room wall murals that were recently revealed under layers of wallpaper. The murals consist of richly stenciled decoration to which freehand folk-like floral and scenic decorations were later applied. Nothing comparable to these murals has been recorded in Virginia. Subordinate to the house is the well-preserved “street” of outbuildings, creating a “plantation” complex little different from those built in the region decades earlier.


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

Updated April 4, 2018