Woods Hill

1501 Clay Street, Franklin, Virginia


Woods Hill


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Woods Hill is locally significant under Criterion C in the areas of Landscape Architecture and Architecture as a fine example of an intact landscape design and residential property associated with the Country Place Era. There are two names synonymous with exquisite gardens and exceptional homes during the mid-twentieth century in Virginia and those two names are Charles F. Gillette (1886-1969), landscape architect, and Alan McCullough (1909-1993), architect. Both were in high demand and created some of the most beautiful gardens and homes in Virginia. Their designs at Woods Hill are the -work of a master- and possess high artistic values. - Gillette and McCullough both were involved from the very beginning of the planning stages and played an active role in the laying out of the landscape design and the construction ofthe house. After the completion of the house and gardens, both Gillette and McCullough came to Franklin often because of the deep friendships they developed with the owners. It was this collaboration between two -masters- of Virginia home and landscape design that makes Woods Hill a locally significant property, worthy of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The property's high level of integrity and extensive documentation also have the potential to provide important information about the designs of Gillette and McCullough. The period of significance is 193 7-1964, beginning with the construction of the earliest contributing resource and ending with completion of the majority ofthe landscape design.

Posted to the NRHP 2-5-2014

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2014: Added by Dave King