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Locust Grove

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c. 1770; c. 1820 remodeled; c. 1995 addition. 1456 N. Egypt Bend Rd.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Locust Grove is distinguished for its possible eighteenth-century German-derived elements, its Federal styling, and extensive and varied decorative painting. The two-story house—the product of a c. 1820 Federal remodeling—incorporates a one-and-a-half-story full-dovetailed log dwelling and has gable-end chimneys and small gable windows. The interior features a summer beam (a beam that supports the posts of a wall above), possible vestiges of a three-room plan, and stone foundations that may once have supported a central chimney. Early-nineteenth-century elements include Georgian- and Federal-influenced mantels with a variety of pilaster forms and, in one, elliptical sunburst motifs in the frieze. The principal first-floor room has a two-run stair with delicately scrolled tread brackets, turned balusters, and a slender turned newel post. In the smallest first-floor room (possibly the original Kammer) is a boxed winder stair in one corner and evidence of an earlier stair in the opposite corner, as well as the date “1788” scratched into a window pane. Polychrome decorative painting adorns stair risers, mantels, and other woodwork throughout the house.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Locust Grove", [Luray, 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, 82-83.

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