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Near Warsaw in Richmond County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Outbuildings

 
 
Outbuildings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 4, 2021
1. Outbuildings Marker
Inscription.  
Menokin originally consisted of the main house, two flanking dependencies, and various other outbuildings. The idea of a main house balanced by two identical dependencies was a scheme popularized by 16th century Italian architect Palladio.

When first built, Menokin was flanked by two outbuildings - an office to its right and a kitchen to the left. The office remained intact until the latter part of the 20th century, and photographs from the 1940s give us an idea of its appearance. There are no known photographs or drawings of the kitchen which may have burned during the 19th century. What we know about it comes from the original presentation drawings, as well as some archaeological investigations which have confirmed its presence and location. We assume that in appearance it would have been identical to the office.

The office was a small, two story building with two rooms on each floor. The walls were constructed of un-coursed [unreadable], but details such as a single belt [unreadable], keystones over the first floor windows, and an arch and keystone over the door helped addrefinement to the dependency. The

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interior contained fine woodwork, which was not saved, including a Chinese Chippendale stair rail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureColonial Era.
 
Location. 38° 0.514′ N, 76° 48.21′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is near Warsaw, Virginia, in Richmond County. Marker can be reached from Menokin Road (Virginia Route 690) 1.9 miles Piney Grove Road (Virginia Route 637), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4037 Menokin Rd, Warsaw VA 22572, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Exterior Design (a few steps from this marker); The Terraces (within shouting distance of this marker); The Remembrance Structure (approx. ¼ mile away); Francis Lightfoot Lee's Menokin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Menokin (approx. ¾ mile away); Nomini Baptist Meetinghouse (approx. 3.3 miles away); Warsaw (approx. 4.3 miles away); Richmond County Courthouse (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warsaw.
 
More about this marker. Unfortunately the marker has weathered and is partially unreadable.
 
Outbuildings Marker with partial remains of the office image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 4, 2021
2. Outbuildings Marker with partial remains of the office
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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