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1821–1823, attributed to John M. Perry. 9281 Blue Ridge Turnpike (VA 231) (2.2 miles south of intersection with Virginia 20), Somerset vicinity
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

John Perry had worked for Jefferson at Monticello and the university. He built—and no doubt designed—Frascati for Philip Pendelton Barbour, a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court justice, and brother of James Barbour, whose Barboursville lies only four miles away as the crow flies. Visible from the road are the monumental pedimented Tuscan portico and the blocky, more conventional house. The grounds contain an impressive array of outbuildings.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Frascati", [Gordonsville, 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, 131-131.

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