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Fancy Farm

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Late 1780s; 1969–1971 restoration, J. Everette Fauber Jr. VA 43 at VA 682 W

Fancy Farm was built for Scottish merchant Andrew Donald, an associate of an importing firm based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and that had a main office in Richmond as well as Donald's frontier office in New London, the first county seat of Bedford. This brick Georgian house is restrained on the exterior with twelve-over-twelve windows, a modillion cornice that continues across the end gables to form pediments, and an entrance outlined by a pediment and Ionic pilasters. The interior is more elaborate and has an unusual rear placement of the stair. Although considerably earlier than all but the left wing of Woodbourne (BD25), the two houses share a number of features. During the Civil War campaign against Lynchburg, Fancy Farm served as the headquarters of Union general David Hunter. In 1833 Fancy Farm was sold to Robert Kelso, who built Kelso Mill (BD22).

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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

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