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081-0183 Willson House

Willson House
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VLR Listing Date 09/17/2009

NRHP Listing Date 12/03/2009

NPS property number 09001049

The Willson House is a refined and well-preserved plantation residence that features elements of Georgian and Federal style architecture. It was built in 1812 for Robert and Elizabeth Willson, along the Lexington and Covington Turnpike. An important local architectural landmark, the property is also significant for its association during the 20th century with Ruth Anderson McCulloch (1876-1971), a principal founder of the Rockbridge Historical Society, which developed out of a meeting held in the house. McCulloch was also a founder of the Blue Ridge Garden Club and active in the local chapter, now named in her honor, of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now Preservation Virginia). The period of significance for the Willson House and surrounding 14 acres extends from 1812 to 1939, the last year of McCulloch’s association with 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