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245-0004 Dickinson-Milbourn House

Dickinson-Milbourn House
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VLR Listing Date 06/16/1993

NRHP Listing Date 08/12/1993

NPS property number 93000825

Completed in 1848 for Benjamin Dickinson, a prosperous landowner, this imposing Federal-style house is among the few early brick dwellings in Lee County. In 1851 the property was acquired by Andrew Milbourn from Dickinson’s heirs. On January 3, 1864, during the battle of Jonesville, Union troops used the house and its outbuildings for protection from Confederate attack. Much of the fighting as well as the subsequent Federal surrender took place on the property, although the house was not seriously damaged and probably served as a hospital after the battle. The two-story, center-passage dwelling is unusually sophisticated for the region and has survived with few alterations, retaining much of its original interior trim. A 19th-century brick smokehouse remains on the property. Later owners of the property were Capt. Henry Joslyn, Milbourn’s son-in-law, and M. B. Wygal, grandfather of the present owner.


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

Updated April 4, 2018