Earp’s Ordinary (Ratcliffe-Logan-Allison House)

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The early-19th-century Earp’s Ordinary (also known as the Ratcliffe-Logan-Allison House), near the Fairfax County Courthouse in the City of Fairfax Historic District, is representative of the simple, vernacular housing once common in Northern Virginia’s towns and villages. It remains one of the few early structures in this now-urbanized Fairfax County seat. Long known erroneously as Earps Ordinary, the house began as a one-room dwelling built in 1812 by Richard Ratcliffe, a landowner who also donated a lot for the county courthouse. The house was purchased in 1820 by Gordon and Robert Allison who expanded it and added the second story. It served as rental property until it was rescued from threatened demolition in 1920 by Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, a Virginia social worker. In 1972 Dr. Barrett’s daughter, Mrs. Charles Pozer, donated the house to the City of Fairfax. Earp’s Ordinary has been restored by the city and Historic Fairfax City, Inc., to serve as a museum interpreting the community’s 19th-century lifestyle.

Last Updated: March 22, 2024

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

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