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Greene County is a beautifully convenient and central location to stay while visiting the well known historic homes in the region:

In addition Greene County possesses a rich history of its own. The countryside is full of treasures of history and heritage for the whole family to explore and experience. The town of Stanardsville itself is both a State and National Historic District. Stanardsville is one of the most historically significant locations in the Piedmont Region. Incorporated in 1794, it was once a stagecoach stop on the way to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Most of its buildings were constructed prior to 1900. Below is just a sampling of the historic buildings to see in Greene. For more information, check out the Greene County Historical Society and Museum in the old jailhouse.

Want to See For Yourself?

Greene County’s Historical Society & the County Visitor Center offer a guide to take a walking tour of downtown Stanardsville. Contact the Historical Society at 434-985-8627, visit www.greenehistory.org, or click here for more information.

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The Bickers-Whitlock House

This handsome terracotta-roofed house and out-buildings on the eastern side of Noon Whistle Pottery (built 1930 as Stanardsville Motor Company) was built in 1906 by I.V. Bickers, who was prominent in bringing services such as gas and water to the town of Stanardsville. Future Home of the Greene County Historical Society.

Evergreen Country House

Just past the library on Main Street, Evergreen was built by William Mills, a local jurist, on land he bought in 1840. It is now part of Evergreene Retirement Village.

Forest Hill Academy

Built by F. M. McMullen in 1867, it is located behind the Victorian Jarrell House on Madison Road. It was an early private school.

Gibbons House and Davis-Deane House

Located on the north side of Main Street, these brick Greek Revival townhouses date from the 1850s. Additions were added later to each house.

Gibbons Market

This fine example of commercial Greek Revival architecture located on the southwest corner of Main Street at Ford Avenue was built in 1861. The exterior is much the same as it was in the 19th century.

Gibson Chapel & Martha Bagby Battle House

(National Historic Sites)
Located at the Blue Ridge School in Dyke, the Chapel’s design was donated in 1924 by Ralph Adams Cram, the nation’s foremost practitioner of the Gothic style. Cram was best know for such monumental works as the West Point and Princeton University chapels. The spare but deft work, executed in native fieldstone, was carried to completion in 1932 by local workmen and students under the supervision of Charlottesville architect Stanislaw Makielski. Makielski also designed the adjacent Tudor-style Martha Bagby Battle House, built in 1934 as the headmaster’s residence.

Grace Episcopal Church

The Carpenter Gothic structure facing Spotswood Trail at the center of Stanardsville was constructed in 1901. The parish was founded by the Bishop of Virginia as a missionary outpost to the mountain people. Part of a national social and religious movement historians call the Third Great Awakening, the Episcopal missionaries focused on literacy, health care, and religious worship. In 1926, at the height of the missionary movement, there were six Episcopal places of worship in Greene County, several school houses, and two health care clinics.

Greene County Courthouse

(National Historic Site)
The Courthouse is situated centrally, opposite the Stanardsville Methodist Church, and still houses Greene County’s trials and other court cases. According to the Virginia Landmarks Register, the Courthouse is a polished representative of an important group of Roman Revival courthouses scattered throughout Virginia’s Piedmont region. It was erected in 1838 and follows the standard temple-form format with a properly executed Doric entablature. The Courthouse was heavily damaged by fire in 1979, but the exterior survived intact. The interior has since been restored.

Old Greene County Jail

Built in 1838, the jail is located on Court Square in the center of Stanardsville, next to the Courthouse. In Four Years with the Stone-Wall Brigade, John Casler writes about one of the more famous escapes from its confines. It is currently the home of the Greene County Historical Society Museum (Museum will be relocating to 360 Main Street which is the Bickers-Whitlock Home in the Summer of 2014)

Lafayette Inn

Built in 1840, this elegant inn and restaurant has also been used as a bar, a lawyer’s office, and even a buggy and harness shop in later years. The Lafayette also housed Greene County’s first telephone exchange. The inn now owns the former Dicey’s Cottage, which is said to have been built as slave quarters for the inn, and manages the Eddins-Davis House, known as "The Victorian", across the street which was built in 1900 and was once a boarding house for teachers.

 
Are you a history buff?

Then be sure to visit Greene County Historical Society and Museum in the old jailhouse. The Society collects and displays artifacts illustrating the 8,000 years of pre-history and history of the County. It is also home to a 110,000-name genealogy database of names of descendants of Greene County residents. The Museum and Genealogy Research Center are open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 till 3, and by appointment. Phone 434-985-1409 or see www.GreeneHistory.org for more information.

Miller House

Located across from the library, this Victorian House was built in 1897. It was named after local funeral director C.G. Miller who lived in the house for many years.

Mitchell House

This log-bodied house, built early in the 19th century, is one of the town's earliest structures. It can be found across from the toll house on Main Street, east of the stream called Stanardsville Run or Blue Run Creek.

Moyer House

This historic home was built in 1917 on the site of the home built by William Stanard, the man after whom Stanardsville was named.

Noon Whistle Pottery

Built in 1930, this building once housed the Stanardsville Motor Company, the first auto sales and service building in Stanardsville.

The Page-Jarrell House

This elegant Queen Anne Victorian set back from the road was home to County Clerk Z.K. Page and his wife Henrietta in the early 1900s. It is located on the west side of Madison Road.

Price Store

Now known as the IOOF Building, the Price Store was built in 1820. It once housed the local pharmacy and boasted the first hot air furnace in the area. It was here that the locals came to hear the area's first radio.

Historic Walking Trail

Perfect for those who want to experience historic Stanardsville close up. This great walking tour includes:

  • Historic points of interest
  • Information on each point of interest

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Pritchett House

Robert Pritchett an early County clerk built this house in 1848. The front of the house was added later.

Rosa Taylor House

John Sorrille built this house in 1815 to use the front room as his store. His sister Nancy Atkins, who was briefly the toll house keeper on Rockingham Toll Road, came into possession of the house in 1852. It sits on the western side of what is now Noon Whistle Pottery.

Shiloh Baptist Church

The original church is located at the end of Shiloh Road and was built in 1862, but the present structure dates from 1907. Behind the church are two other buildings, the smaller of which was formerly a segregated African-American high school (6th-8th grades). The larger building was an elementary school also known as the Odd Fellows Building. Between these markers, enclosed by a fence and decorated by four boxwoods is a simple marker: "Unknown dead of Ewell’s Army." Richard S. Ewell (1817-1872) was a Confederate general renowned for his irreverent language and fighting spirit.

Stanardsville Methodist Church

This church, just across from the Courthouse, was built in 1858 and played an important role as a hospital during the Civil War. Townspeople nursed soldiers from both sides who were brought to the church during the Battle of Stanardsville. The gallery, which still exists, was once used by slaves who drove their masters to church.

The Old Toll House

The oldest house still standing in Greene County, it was built in 1815 by John Sorrille, who was believed to have been a book-keeper for President Madison at Montpelier. It was once used as a toll house for the turnpike that led through Stanardsville and over the mountains.