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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

089-0010 Carlton

Carlton
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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

NPS property number 73002064

This conspicuously-placed dwelling is one of several large old houses crowning the heights around Falmouth and Fredericksburg. The exterior follows a standard Georgian format, employing a five-bay facade and hipped roof. Most of its 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 an 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 the historic ambiance are three original outbuildings: a kitchen/laundry, dairy, and smokehouse.


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

Updated February 19, 2019