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156-0019-0320 Paradise

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VLR Listing Date 12/12/2013

NRHP Listing Date 04/14/2014

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference 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 full-width one-story front porch, added ca. 1870, features elaborate Italianate and Folk Victorian elements including bracketed eaves, modillion cornices, and scrollwork. 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 Paradise 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.

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

Updated: January 25, 2022