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298-0009 Mount Walla

Mount Walla
Photo credit: DHR, ca 2000

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VLR Listing Date 09/13/2000

NRHP Listing Date 11/22/2000

NRHP Reference Number 00001442

Mount Walla has at its core a small but finely detailed Federal-style house overlooking the town of Scottsville in southern Albemarle County. The hall-parlor-plan dwelling has diminutive classical entry porticos on both river and land fronts. Inside are door and window surrounds with entablatures, a plaster ceiling medallion, and a three-part Federal mantel with sunbursts and colonettes. It likely dates to between 1820 and 1840, but may incorporate earlier fabric. In 1821, the property was acquired by Scottsville businessman Richard Moon, and in 1836 by Peter Field Jefferson, grand-nephew of President Thomas Jefferson. Peter Field Jefferson made a fortune by speculating in James River and Kanawha Canal scrip and owned the town ferry and a fleet of canal boats as well as tobacco warehouses and mills in Albemarle County. His descendants owned Mount Walla until 1951.

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

Updated: September 20, 2021