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134-0022 Thomas Murray House

Thomas Murray House
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 03/17/2004

NRHP Listing Date 05/19/2004

NRHP Reference Number 04000482

Isaac Murray built the Thomas Murray House for his son about 1791 in what is now the Elizabeth River Shores area of Virginia Beach. The house, a brick gambrel-roofed dwelling, is the sole survivor of the houses that Isaac Murray constructed for each of his three sons. An interior chimney is at each end of the house, and the roof has five dormer windows on each side. Inside, a central-hall stairway leads to the second floor. Four identically designed mantels and original heart-pine floors remain throughout. The Virginia Beach property also includes the original well and several outbuildings including a carriage house, a smokehouse, and a well cupola added in the 1980s on original foundations. Although the house has electricity, plumbing, central heat, and air conditioning, most of the historic fabric remains intact.

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

Updated: June 7, 2022