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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

088-0066 Stirling

Stirling
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 02/16/1988

NRHP Listing Date 05/05/1989

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 89000366

In view of thousands of motorists daily racing by on Interstate Highway 95, Stirling is an anchor to the past for a region experiencing erosion of historic identity. The property is dominated by a prodigious hipped-roofed brick mansion erected in 1858-60 for John Holladay a wealthy landowner. The house marks the end of plantation house construction in the area, activity stopped by the Civil War. Stirling is of special interest because it has remained in the same family, retaining its original interior architectural decoration and paint finishes. The family’s plantation account books document the sources of the materials used in the construction. Stirling’s conservative Georgian character may have been reinforced by the fact that John Holladay was fifty-nine years old when the house was started. The curtilage preserves the original kitchen outbuilding and smokehouse and the archaeological sites of other outbuildings.


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

Updated April 4, 2018