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1780s left wing; c. 1810 central section; 1820s west wing. VA 609, 0.15 miles north of U.S. 221

With its pedimented and stuccoed central section and flanking frame sections with beaded siding, this Federal plantation house, like nearby Elk Hill (BD29) and Old Rectory (BD28), has evolved from different construction periods into a harmonious whole. Situated on part of the original Poplar Forest tract, the house was built by William Radford, a lawyer, banker, landowner, and friend of Thomas Jefferson. Its pedimented central pavilion, entrance, and unusual degree of architectural elaboration are reminiscent of Fancy Farm (BD23).

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Anne Carter Lee


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

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