Thursday, December 13, 2012


Sharon, Jack and I stopped at the Barboursville Vineyards after visiting Montecello.

National Register of Historic Places #1969000267

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This site is located south of the junction of Routes 777 and 678, Barboursville, Virginia. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 09.738 W 078° 16.843.

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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.


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