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c. 1805. 1980, restoration, Don A. Swofford. Brandy Station vicinity (VA 663 to VA 679; 2 miles). Not visible from the road
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

One of the most impressive frame and weatherboard houses in the state, Farley boasts a 96-foot-long facade, marked by three pedimented pavilions. On the first floor are a suite of four reception rooms connected by a T-plan hall and two staircases. Built by William Champe Carter, of the Albemarle County branch of the ubiquitous Carter family, it was named Farley in honor of his wife, Maria Farley Carter. During the Civil War, Union General John Sedgwick used it as his headquarters during the battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry engagement in the history of the western hemisphere.

Brandy Station is also the projected site for a neotraditional village, Clevengers Corner, designed by Quinn Evans Architects of Washington, D.C. Intended to draw on Piedmont Virginia small-town vernacular forms, it is awaiting final county approvals.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Farley", [Brandy Station, 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, 122-123.

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