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Paxton House (Glenn Maury)

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Glenn Maury
1830–1835; 2005–2007 restored, Frazier Associates. Maury River Rd., Glenn Maury Park
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Built by Elisha Paxton, a prosperous local farmer whose family settled in the area in the eighteenth century, this house blends traditional Valley forms with newer ideas from Greek Revival. Traditional features include the central-passage, single-pile plan, its bank-sited two-story arrangement with rear ell, and the molded brick cornice on the rear of the main block and the ell. All of these are elements found on high-style houses in the Valley in the early nineteenth century. Greek Revival features include the two-story, coupled, Doric-columned porch with pediment and the arched, tripartite windows. The interior woodwork is especially elaborate, indicating the wealth and ambition of its owner. In 2007 the Victorian-era, double-galleried side porch was restored and later additions removed from the ell. Located on the banks of the Maury (North) River and once the center of a large plantation, it now serves as a community center for the Buena Vista city park and a home for the Paxton House Historical Society.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Paxton House (Glenn Maury)", [Buena Vista, 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, 133-133.

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