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111-0008 Brompton

Brompton
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VLR Listing Date 05/15/1979

NRHP Listing Date 07/24/1979

NPS property number 79003279

First known as the Marye house for John Lawrence Marye, who purchased the property in 1824, Brompton, as it was later named, figured prominently in both battles of Fredericksburg. The original core, built ca. 1838, was enlarged and remodeled during Marye’s long tenure into an imposing Roman Revival dwelling with a flat roofed Ionic portico. The steep hill known as Marye’s Heights, which the house dominates, was the twice the scene of fierce combat. On December 13, 1862 Confederates repulsed heavy Union assaults with the latter suffering many casualties along the Sunken Road below the heights. The second battle of Fredericksburg was fought almost entirely on Marye’s Heights. On May 3, 1863, Union Gen. John Sedgwick seized the heights from Gen. Jubal Early. The pedimented roof was added during the repair of war damage. Brompton is now the official residence of the president of Mary Washington College.


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

Updated April 4, 2018