Hello everyone. Today I wanted to share another bit of our Virginia trip with you: our stop at Barboursville.
For those who might not know, Barboursville is a ruin. The house was designed for Virginia Governor James Barbour by Thomas Jefferson. Many architecture buffs will be able to guess that this means it has an octagonal feature to it. Indeed, Barboursville had an octagonal drawing room.
Tragedy struck Barboursville on Christmas day in 1884. The house was consumed by fire, leaving only the masonry walls, chimneys, columns and foundations. The ruins remain today as a point of interest for Jeffersonians, architectural historians and folks who visit the vineyard established on the rolling hills surrounding the house. You can enjoy a nice wine tasting and take a small stroll around the ruins when you are done (Ash recommends their barrel-fermented Chardonnay).
I highly recommend visiting both the ruins and the vineyards for a destination which has broad appeal (not just for us architecture geeks). You can find Barboursville Vineyards wines in many places near Barboursville, including Monticello!
Here are some photos that Ash took of the Ruins on his iPhone. Enjoy!
Have a good day.