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Governor Joseph Johnson House (Oakdale)

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1818. 1840. 424 Oakdale Ave.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

This frame house shows the proper diminution of window heights characteristic of the Federal style, from nine-over-six sash on the first floor to six-over-six above. A polygonal side bay, German siding, and a bracketed cornice are later modifications. Joseph Johnson (1785–1877), a member of Congress and Virginia's only governor from the trans-Allegheny area (1851–1856), built the house. It continues in private ownership and is excellently maintained.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Governor Joseph Johnson House (Oakdale)", [Bridgeport, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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