Built by Samuel B. Gardner in 1847, Mountain Home is one of Warren County’s best-preserved examples of the Greek Revival style in brick, and one of a very few extant buildings of this style in the region to have borrowed directly from popular pattern books of the period, such as Asher Benjamin’s The Practice of Architecture, published 1833. Written records about the house and its residents provide unusually detailed and revealing documentation of the lifestyle of a wealthy landowner and his family, whose holdings were little diminished by Civil War activities in the area. The property was well situated to observe the movement of both Confederate and Federal forces, activity that is vividly described in the diary of one of Samuel B. Gardner’s daughters, Anne Gardner. Fifteen-years-old when she wrote her diary in 1862, Gardner provided a rare glimpse of the Civil War in one of Virginia’s most fought-over regions. Although well placed amidst troop movements, Mountain Home miraculously escaped significant damage and survived relatively intact. Remaining outbuildings include a 19th-century slave quarter and several early-20th-century agricultural and livestock buildings.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark