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Miller-Claytor House

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1791; 1935–1936, Stanhope S. Johnson; Charles F. Gillette, landscape architect. Ash St. at Miller-Claytor Ln.

This two-story, rectangular, frame house has unmatched chimneys at each gable end and a shed-roofed porch at the rear. The inordinate number of exterior doors likely indicates that it was built to serve as both house and shop. When threatened with demolition in 1934, the Lynchburg Historical Society dismantled and moved it from its original downtown site and rebuilt in Riverside Park, which had opened in 1922. The site, close to the corner of two park roads, approximates the original setting. Johnson supervised the undertaking and Gillette designed an appropriate period garden. Named for the builder, John Miller, and an early owner, Samuel Claytor, this is the city's sole documented example of an eighteenth-century town house.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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