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Wilderness Farm

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c. 1800. VA 629, 2.8 miles northeast of VA 640

Samuel Blackburn fought in the American Revolution and later practiced law in Kentucky and Georgia before returning to Virginia to become a gentleman farmer. He lived here until his death in 1835. The architecturally sophisticated house shows characteristics of late Georgian and Federal styles. It is a two-story, one-room-deep, L-shaped brick dwelling with a Flemish bond brick facade and an original brick rear ell. The most notable feature of the house is its projecting, pedimented, central pavilion that contains the front entrance flanked by tall and narrow sash windows. Fine details include a molded wooden cornice with delicate bracketed modillions and wood-capped brick pilasters accenting the building's corners. The porch and balustraded deck are twentieth century.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Wilderness Farm", [Millboro, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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