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Spring Grove

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1834, VA 202 at VA 626, Machodoc

Essentially Federal in form, Spring Grove is a five-bay house with end chimneys and a dwarf Ionic portico. The interior woodwork and decorative plasterwork are derived from Asher Benjamin's pattern books. Built for a large landholder, Robert Murphy, the house is unusual for its material. Brick houses from this period are rare in the Northern Neck. They reflect the conservatism and the fleeting prosperity of the early nineteenth century in the region. Its rural setting remains unspoiled.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Spring Grove", [, 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, 334-334.

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