Locust Hill (Leesburg, Virginia)

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Locust Hill is an early 19th-century Federal-style mansion north of Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States.[1] Locust Hill was the home of John Thomson Mason (15 March 1765–10 December 1824),[2][3] a prominent American jurist and Attorney General of Maryland in 1806 and nephew of Founding Father of the United States George Mason.[3]

History[edit]

Locust Hill is believed to have been built for John Thomson Mason, a nephew of George Mason of Gunston Hall and son of Thomson Mason of nearby Raspberry Plain.[1] Although no definite date of construction has been determined, stylistically the house probably dates from the first quarter of the 19th-century.[1]

Architecture[edit]

Locust Hill is a Federal-style Flemish-bond brick house situated on the first rise of the eastern slope of Catoctin Mountain.[1] The residence features a brick water table, twelve-over-twelve double-sash windows, and fanlights over each of the formal entrances.[1] Locust Hill's two-story front portico with stylized American order capitals served as the inaugural stand from Franklin D. Roosevelt's second presidential inauguration in 1937.[1]

Locust Hill's property also features several farm buildings, one which is an early 20th-century frame barn with a jerkinhead roof.[1]

Events[edit]

  • Ann Mason Tutt (1807–1873), daughter of Charles Pendleton Tutt and Ann Mason Chichester, married Charles Bonnycastle at Locust Hill on 10 January 1826.[4]
  • Mary Barnes Tutt (1815–1898), daughter of Charles Pendleton Tutt and Ann Mason Chichester, married John Aris Throckmorton at Locust Hill on 14 March 1839.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Eugene M. Scheel & John S. Salmon (1988-12-13). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Catoctin Rural Historic District". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ Gunston Hall. "John Thomson Mason". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-25. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b The Political Graveyard (June 16, 2008). "Mason family of Virginia". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ Gunston Hall. "Ann Mason Tutt". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  5. ^ Gunston Hall. "Mary Barnes Tutt". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-25.