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1856–1860, George Washington Holtzclaw. VA 602 (Rogues Rd. 1.4 miles north of Casanova). Not visible

A stunning castle that well illustrates the impact of Sir Walter Scott's romantic novels in the South before the Civil War, Melrose was constructed for Dr. James H. Murray and Edward Murray. Although Holtzclaw, a Fauquier County builder, is given credit for the house, the designs probably came from a big-city architect. In the twentieth century the house inspired Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Circular Staircase.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.



Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Melrose", [Middleburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 117-117.

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