|The Mount Sharon house, located on approximately 77.5 acres near Orange, Virginia, has local architectural significance under Criterion C for the National Register as both an excellent example of a restrained Georgian Revival-style country house, and as the only complete Virginia commission by noted New York architect Louis Bancel LaFarge. (LaFarge's only other known Virginia commission was a portico for the main house at Retreat, a late 18th century frame Federal plantation house with later additions, some two miles north of Mount Sharon near Rapidan in northern Orange County.) Built by general contractor Reid A. Dunn, the Mount Sharon residence exhibits LaFarge's mastery of Georgian Revival design and proportion, as well as his attention to fine craftsmanship and his familiarity with the modern building technology and systems of the late 193 Os, including such features as reinforced concrete and steel construction for strength and fireproofing, a humidification system, and central low-pressure steam heating. In addition to the main house, the property contains brick gateposts from the previous (begun 1888) Mount Sharon house, and three contributing buildings: a late 19 th century manager's house and (both built ca. 193 7 and contemporary with the current main house) a small garage and a larger frame chauffeur's quarters and garage. Six additional resources: two simple pole barns, a run-in shed, two storage sheds, a small stable, and a landscaped garden (site), date from the late 1980s to early 1990s and are non-contributing resources. The period of significance for the property is 1888-193 7, beginning with the construction of the early gateposts still present from the 19th century and ending with the date of the construction of the present house.