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April 5, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

The Peter Guerrant House

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The Peter Guerrant House, Courtesy Virginia Department of Historic Resources

In 2000, the Peter Guerrant House, located not far from the James River in northeastern Buckingham County, was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.  While only a small fraction of the many building that once comprised the Guerrant farm remain, the original dwelling house exemplifies a type of structure once very common in the Buckingham landscape.  Most 19th-century houses were not grand or, at least, did not start out that way.  Frequently an original dwelling was elaborated with additions, making the Peter Guerrant House all the more interesting because the basic structure survived.  From the nomination form:

The Guerrant House built circa 1835 in Buckingham County, Virginia, is locally significant in the category of architecture, as a rare survival of a once prevalent house type – the basic one-and-a-half story frame farmhouse with a kitchen building connected to the rear. Many farmers in the Virginia Piedmont built such structures during the 18th and 19th centuries. Few of these farmhouses survive in toto.  Some were incorporated into larger house. Many became slave dwellings, barns or storage sheds as their owners moved to larger or new houses. Most have been lost to fire or abandonment. Much of the Virginia landscape was once dotted with these buildings. Few remain and fewer still in Buckingham County, a county with a relatively low number of buildings built more than 150 years ago. Though weather-beaten and left empty for almost a half century, the Guerrant House retains a high degree of integrity and is a rare and important example of a once common house type.

Coming Next: Daniel Guerrant’s Tavern

 

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