Thomas M. Hawkins, Tazewell County’s talented master builder, erected this solidly crafted house in 1886-87 for George Oscar Thompson. With unusual sophistication of detail and composition, the dwelling blends traditional forms with more stylish late-19th-century features. Typical of Hawkins’s work, the house is ornamented with the richly molded Italianate detailing popularized by catalogs of woodworking companies of the period. Two earlier dwellings also survive on the property: a ca. 1800 log house and a small frame farmhouse erected in three stages between 1831 and 1851. Each built for the Thompson family, pioneers in the late-18th-century settlement of the area, the three houses illustrate nearly two centuries of domestic occupation in this region.
George Oscar Thompson House was demolished circa 2017 and replaced with new construction.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark