Barboursville Ruins

Governor Barbour’s mansion, now preserved as a historic landmark after a Christmas Day fire in 1884, was designed by Thomas Jefferson to be the grandest residence in Orange County.

With brick walls laid in Flemish bond, Palladian porticoes on two sides and a splendid central octagonal parlor, the Barbour mansion was the seat of a thriving agriculture estate of early Virginia. Barbour was Virginia’s first Governor (1812-1814), U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, Ambassador to Great Britain, and President of the Albemarle Agricultural Society as his neighbor James Madison had been before him. He is buried with members of his family on the estate in a simple gravesite, now preserved by Barboursville Vineyards.

Contact Information

Phone: (540) 832-3824
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 11-5
Address: 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville

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