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089-0010 Carlton

Photo credit: Camille Bowman/DHR, 2008

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 10/03/1973

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 73002064

The conspicuously placed dwelling at Carlton is one of several large old houses crowning the heights around Falmouth and Fredericksburg in Stafford County. The exterior follows a standard Georgian format, employing a five-bay façade and hipped roof. Most of Carlton’s original exterior and interior fabric survives, including a large built-in glass-door cupboard in the dining room. The stair rail is terminated at the newel with a vertical spiral or ram’s horn carving. Located at the edge of a steep promontory directly overlooking Falmouth, Carlton was the home of John Short, a local merchant who had the house built ca. 1785 after his marriage to Judith Ball of Lancaster County.  Adding to Carlton’s historic ambience are three original outbuildings: a kitchen/laundry, dairy, and smokehouse.

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

Updated: February 11, 2022