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081-0041 Maple Hall

Maple Hall
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 02/18/1986

NRHP Listing Date 01/29/1987

NPS property number 87000006

This stately antebellum residence, a visual historic reference for the many motorists racing by on nearby Interstate 81/64 and U.S. Route 11, was built in 1855 for John Beard Gibson a local farmer who became successful in milling and distilling operations. His newly gained wealth enabled Gibson to build Maple Hall, a house whose size and appointments surpassed those of the homes of other gentry in the region. Set off by its two-tiered portico, the boldly scaled structure reflects the influence of architectural pattern books on local builders. Many of the Greek Revival details, specifically the first-floor mantels, were adapted from designs in Asher Benjamin’s popular work The Practical House Carpenter (1830). Two early outbuildings, one of brick, the other of log, remain on the grounds. The complex has been restored as a country inn.


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

Updated April 4, 2018