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Grove Mount

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c. 1785; later additions. VA 635 (.4 mile north of VA 624)

Sited on a ridge, this timber-frame house commands a sweeping view of the Rappahannock River valley from its terraced south elevation. The approach to the house is from the north. The entrance axis continues into the hall and out to the south. The main facade of the north elevation contains four bays, with an ell making the fifth bay. Other later additions connect to this side. By contrast, the south elevation is rigidly symmetrical. Robert Mitchell built the house. His wife, Priscilla Carter Mitchell, was the daughter of the prominent Robert Carter III, one of the wealthiest men in the Northern Neck. The plan is conventional, organized around a central hall and passage with rooms dispersed to either side. West of the house stands a dairy (c. 1785), which is currently used as a smokehouse.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Grove Mount", [Warsaw, 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, 335-335.

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