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Built c.1780 for Francis Madison, a younger brother of President James Madison, Greenway is a traditional vernacular building type commonly used in the Virginia Piedmont from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century. The original core, a single-pile, hall-parlor dwelling, is interesting confirmation that acceptance of such indigenous forms extended even to members of influential families such as the Madisons. The facade formerly had side-by-side entrances, one for each

Frame corn crib from the late 18th- to early 19th-Century

Photograph from National Register collection

room. These were replaced in the early 20th century by a single entrance sheltered by the gable-roofed porch. A rear wing, added c.1790, preserves a fine original mantel with pilasters and paneled frieze. Greenway has been a working farm since the 18th century and includes several farm buildings. The property remains in the ownership of descendants of a stepson of Francis Madison's daughter Catherine.

Greenway is located just south of the intersection of State Rte. 230 and Rte. 15 in Madison Mills, just north of the Rapidan River and the Orange county line. It is a private residence and is not open to the public.


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