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Turman House (Stono)

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1818, John Jordan; 1986 restoration, Hanbury Evans Newill and Vlattas. 454 Institute Hill
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

This was the home of Jordan, who with his partner, Samuel Darst, was one of the most important builders in Rockbridge County in the early nineteenth century. They were responsible for introducing neoclassical design into Lexington, as this house clearly demonstrates. Dramatically located on a steep ridge overlooking the Maury (in the nineteenth century, called the North) River, the two-story Tuscan-columned portico and one-story side wings conform to a Palladian design espoused by Thomas Jefferson. The columns, however, are the same elongated form that Jordan and Darst would use on the Willson-Walker House (RB5) and Washington Hall (see RB16). Jordan had cotton, woolen, flour, grist, and lumber mills on the site as well as his office, a carriage house, and a round, stone icehouse. The Turman House is now owned by the VMI Foundation and used for guests and visiting scholars.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Turman House (Stono)", [Lexington, 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, 129-130.

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