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089-0067 Falmouth Historic District

Falmouth Historic District
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VLR Listing Date 12/02/1969

NRHP Listing Date 02/26/1970

NRHP Reference Number 70000825

Laid out in 1727 at the falls of the Rappahannock, Falmouth was a prosperous port and regional trading center until 1850 when dwindling river traffic and the construction of the railroad sapped its commercial life. Although modern intrusions have replaced much of Falmouth’s early fabric, enough buildings remain from its period of ascendancy to invoke Falmouth’s early history. Along the waterfront are Basil Gordon’s brick warehouse and an adjacent large commercial building of the early 19th century. Nearby, on Cambridge Street, is the tiny Federal-period customs house, one of the nation’s smallest. Scattered through the district is a variety of early residences including some rare examples of vernacular worker housing. The facade of the Federal-period Union Church has been preserved as a landmark. Also in the district, on the heights overlooking the town, are the 18th-century houses Carlton, Clearview, and Belmont.

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

Updated: March 7, 2022