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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

071-0025 Mountain View

Mountain View
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/19/1979

NRHP Listing Date 09/10/1979

NPS property number 79003066

Virginia’s southern Piedmont experienced significant agricultural prosperity be-tween 1800 and the Civil War. Evidence of its wealth can be seen a group of large houses that formed the nuclei of vast plantations. While a few are stylish Greek and Gothic revival works, most are in a relatively restrained late Federal style, with symmetrical facades and refined interior trim. Mountain View, built ca. 1842 for Thomas Smith Jones, is typical of these conservative dwellings. It is possibly a work by James Dejarnett, a regional builder. The double parlors are noteworthy for their plasterwork ceilings, glazed cupboards, and Greek Revival mantels. On the grounds is an early formal garden and landscaped park, features typical of such estates. Completing the picture of a flourishing plantation are several formally placed outbuildings, including an overseer’s office, a schoolhouse, and a kitchen. A large slave graveyard is also on the property.


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

Updated August 7, 2018