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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

156-0019-0320 Paradise

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/12/2013

NRHP Listing Date 04/11/2014

NPS property number 14000147

Paradise, in the Warrenton Historic District in Fauquier County, is believed to have been built about 1758. It is a two-story, evolved Federal-style timber-frame house, retaining much of its original interior woodwork, doors, windows, and mantels. The house is important for its association with Martin Pickett, a county leader and representative to the State Convention of 1776 and the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and Judge William Gaines, a wealthy businessman who purchased the property after the Civil War and lived there until his death in 1888. Gaines distinguished himself in the legal field eventually serving as a judge on the Fauquier County Circuit Court. The property contains two historic secondary buildings— a circa 1830 frame smokehouse and an 1870 summer kitchen resting on a brick foundation.

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

Updated April 4, 2018