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Between 1783 and 1799; 20th-century porch. 4950 Anderson Hwy.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Derived from the 1755 London publication Select Architecture by Robert Morris, Belnemus, built for James Clarke, is an early and striking example of the three-part house popular in Virginia during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This frame house has an unusual hipped roof and finial on its central block and gabled roofs on the wings. The porch dates from the early twentieth century. Semi-interior brick chimneys serve the three-bay central block and the one-bay wings. The plan is unusual with a single room in each of the three sections. Many of the early outbuildings have survived, including a rare example of a mid-nineteenth-century barn for air-curing tobacco. In the 1930s, the WPA reported that the plantation had fifteen large tobacco houses with steep-pitched roofs.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Belnemus", [Powhatan, 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, 281-281.

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