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Seamster House

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Early 20th century. 1020 Swan Creek Rd.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

This dogtrot house is an important example of a nineteenth-century building type that continued into the early twentieth century. Under a common roof, the two pens of the log dwelling are connected by what was an open passage that is now enclosed by frame sheathing. Except for the iron stove and the cinder-block chimney, the house's V-notched logs chinked with wood slabs and mud, the weatherboarded gables, and the masonry foundations recall houses of a century earlier. After World War I, construction of dogtrots, an upland rather than a lowland Virginia house form, was rare.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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

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