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Banister House

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Early 19th century. Courthouse Rd., across from Dillard House
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Set on a shady lawn, this two-story, five-bay frame house with exterior-end chimneys of brick has a one-story porch with paired columns. The house has served as a girls' school as well as a Masonic lodge, housed two clerks of the Sussex Court, and was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Southwest of the Banister House is the Old Clerk's Office (1817), the oldest civic building in town. This diminutive one-story, two-bay brick building with a gable roof was just large enough to contain a young county's records.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Banister House", [Waverly, 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, 320-320.

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