Barboursville - Barboursville, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 09.738 W 078° 16.843
17S E 738240 N 4227317
Quick Description: Designed by Thomas Jefferson for Governor James Barbour. Built 1814, Destroyed by Fire Christmas Day, 1884.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2011 6:13:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMC0YE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 7

Long Description:
Barboursville is the ruin of the estate of former U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of War, and Virginia Governor James Barbour. The house was designed by Barbour's friend and political ally, Thomas Jefferson. Until it burned on Christmas day, 1884, Barbour's house stood essentially as completed from designs by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson designed the house in the then fashionable Neo-Palladian style.

During the fire of 1884 everything except the exterior brick walls, the interior masonry partitions, and the columns of the porticoes perished. The ruins have been stabilized and are maintained as a tourist attraction.

The ruin is now owned by Barboursville Vineyards and sits within the winery's property. Visitors to the winery can visit the ruins. On summer evenings, theatrical and musical productions are presented at the ruin.
Street address:
17434 Mansion Rd
S of jct. of Rtes. 777 and 678
Barboursville, VA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Orange

Year listed: 1969

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering - Architect: Jefferson,Thomas

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1800-1824

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Other

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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