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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

072-0034 Paxton

Paxton
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VLR Listing Date 12/12/1989

NRHP Listing Date 12/28/1990

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 90001987

Paxton is an intact early 19th-century plantation complex. The dwelling house, a formal brick structure, which may incorporate fabric dating from 1776, makes use of the traditional Virginia plan of a central passage with a single room on either side, but also has an original east wing, probably built as a doctor’s office. The handsome fanlight doorway is embellished with a carved floral spray. The original outbuildings include a brick smokehouse, two small frame cottages or offices, and a brick and frame icehouse. The complex was completed in its present form in 1819-1823 for Ennion Skelton, a prosperous country physician. Dr. Skelton was also a partner in the Genito Mill, one of the county’s main grist mills. His son, Dr. John G. Skelton, who inherited the property in 1849, became one of the Richmond medical community’s leading physicians. The Skelton family burial ground is on the property.


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

Updated April 4, 2018