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Jonas Ruffner House

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c. 1825; c. 1850 addition and remodeling. 440 Ruffner House Ln.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

This Federal brick house was built for Ruffner, who served as one of the trustees of Luray when it was founded in 1812. William Allen Chapman, who purchased the property from Ruffner's widow, Elizabeth, added a rear ell and remodeled the house in Greek Revival. The large two-story, hipped-roofed house topped by a deck and featuring tall exterior-end chimneys is a good example of several similar early-to mid-nineteenth-century brick houses throughout Page County that were products of a booming agricultural period in the county's history. This one has a three-bay porch with Tuscan columns that shelters an entrance with a transom and sidelights. The porch's hipped roof is crowned by a small balustraded deck accessed from a second-floor door framed like the one below. Several late-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century buildings, including barns and a springhouse, are adjacent to the house.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Jonas Ruffner House", [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, 81-81.

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