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On the Hill

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Early 19th century; 1880s, Jacob Holt. 982 Jefferson St.

Washington and Jefferson streets lead out of town and boast several grand houses in the styles often used around 1900 along similar routes in prosperous small Virginia towns. The finest of these houses is the large Queen Anne residence that Holt created for lawyer George B. Finch by enlarging an old L-shaped frame farmhouse. Holt enriched it with half-timbered and shingled gables, a snarling rooftop dragon, a wraparound porch with a conical-roofed gazebo at one corner (a popular feature on this street), and a three-story round tower at the other.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "On the Hill", [Boydton, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 339-339.

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