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Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829

Historic Lexington

 
 
The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
1. The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829 Marker
Inscription.
This house is a fine example of the Valley Federal style with elegant detailing including the fanlight over the front door and a molded brick cornice. When the streets were lowered in 1851, the entrance was reoriented to the side. The Ruff Family had a hat factory next door in the early 1800s, but used this house as a showroom and living space. In 1850 John Ruff deeded the property to his son, Jacob Ruff, with permission to build a future house between the two properties. That may explain the curious cantilevered chimney on the north side of the building. If the house had been built, it could have shared this chimney. At the invitation of Jacob Ruff, then mayor, U.S. President Millard Fillmore visited this house in 1851. Mr. and Mrs. G. Otis Meade III purchased the property from Historic Lexington Foundation in 1974 and carefully restored and adapted it for use as a real estate office. (Photo ca. 1925)
 
Location. 37° 47.13′ N, 79° 26.482′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on N Main Street (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on N Main Street, between E Washington St. and E Henry St. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Second Marker at the Jacob Ruff House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
2. Second Marker at the Jacob Ruff House
marker. Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stonewall Jackson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockaway (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell House, ca. 1845 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lexington (about 500 feet away); The Sloan House, ca. 1844-45 (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Marker in Lexington image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
3. Marker in Lexington
The Jacob Ruff House Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
4. The Jacob Ruff House Markers
Both markers are visible in this photo.
The Jacob Ruff House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
5. The Jacob Ruff House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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