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19th-century core of Clifton, with addition
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Clifton was the home of Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768-1828), son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, who served as Governor of Virginia and in the U.S. Congress. The original portion of the rambling, much-evolved structure was built by Randolph in the first quarter of the 19th century to be the hub of the never-to-be port of North Milton. Randolph and several partners planned the town adjacent to the Milton Canal to support the agricultural and commercial development occurring in the area and to compete with the then-prosperous but now extinct community of Milton across

Randolph's Brick Office at Clifton
Photograph from National Register collection
the Rivanna River. Originally Randolph's warehouse, the house later became his residence. His office outbuilding remains on the grounds. The house was considerably expanded by later owners and now serves as a country inn. The present portico replaces a 19th-century one-story veranda.

Clifton is located on State Rte. 729 in Shadwell south of I-64, and over 1 mile east of Charlottesville. Now an inn, it is not open for tours, but to contact the inn you may call 888-971-1800.


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