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Office Hall Kitchen and Smokehouse

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c. 1805–1820. U.S. 301 and VA 3 (north side), Office Hall
  • Office Hall Kitchen and Smokehouse (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • Office Hall Kitchen and Smokehouse (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Office Hall Kitchen and Smokehouse (Richard W. Longstreth)

Originally these two brick structures served as a kitchen and smokehouse for Marengo (renamed Office Hall Plantation; destroyed). The kitchen, which is the larger of the two structures, is one of the few one-room, two-story brick kitchens known to have survived. Most kitchens were of wood and a single story. The construction of the smokehouse roof is unusual. The single cross beam and a king post eliminate the need for tie beams. At a later point, the structures were joined by a wooden connector. Reputedly John Wilkes Booth sought help in a nearby house during his flight south.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Office Hall Kitchen and Smokehouse", [King George, 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, 332-332.

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