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Little Town

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1811. 26360 Cool Spring Rd.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Inside and out, this two-story house is unusual. Early brick houses are rare in Sussex, and this one had the highest 1820 tax assessment in the county. Built for James C. Bailey, a clerk of the Sussex County Court, the three-bay, double-pile, side-hall portion features a two-story, three-bay parlor wing on the south side. This arrangement, although not typical, was used with some frequency in Tidewater Virginia. Here the Flemish bond brickwork is complemented with a water table, a belt course, stone lintels with keystones, and a gable roof with a modillion cornice. The one-bay gabled entrance has a modillion and punch-and-dentil cornice. Inside, the highly decorated house has marbelized and grained woodwork. Above the parlor mantel is a panel with an American eagle encircled by eighteen stars. More startling is the overmantel in the dining room with a frieze of camels, a rhinoceros, and an elephant.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Little Town", [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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