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Westmerton, a Italianate home from 1856 was designed and built by Hampden-Sydney minister and one-time chaplain to Stonewall Jackson, Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898). During the last years of the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson’s wife sought refuge here (she was related to Dabney’s wife). When Yankee forces were approaching the area, Rev. Dabney hid a manuscript of the biography of Stonewall Jackson which he had written and completed in 1864. The home has brick foundation and walls. The roof is low-pitched and made of tin; the chimneys are large and it appears they are placed both internaly and externally. The eaves are wide and supported by simple brackets. The front gable has the pediment form and the first-floor window and door have prominent hoods. A small arcade connects that portion of the house with the section containing a bay window (I assume this is an addition). The red and white make an attractive combination for this relatively unadorned structure. This is called the Dabney House in the nomination form submitted to the National register of Historic Places (as part of Hampden-Sydney College Historic District). The NHRP ID for the district is #70000822 and was added 02-26-70.

 

For a biography for Dabney see

virginiahuguenot.blogspot.com/2010/08/architect-of-orthod...

 

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Taken on August 14, 2011