Name: Mountain Grove
Date: undated photo
Image Number: UVA Library, Mountain Grove_83437
Comments: Mountain Grove in Schuyler was built in 1803-1804 for Captain Benjamin Harris, a soldier in the Virginia State Militia during the
Revolution and a magistrate in 1791. Mountain Grove was built in the classic Virginia Palladian style. Its tripartite form is composed of a two-story, three bay center block
flanked by single-bay, 1 1/2-story wings. Strongly Jeffersonian in design, Mountain Grove is not unlike the earliest designs for Monticello.
Benjamin Harris was a man of great wealth and prominence in Albemarle County. He was a Captain in the Virginia State Militia during the
Revolution, a magistrate in 1791, and sheriff in 1815. Harris name appeared on "A Declaration of Independence" signed by citizens of
Albemarle County in 1779. Many members of his family distinguished themselves politically, and several apparently built substantial houses
near Green Creek and in nearby Nelson County. Mountain Grove was built on land Harris inherited from his father and with money borrowed
from his neighbor, Wilson Cary Nicholas. When Benjamin passed away in 1826, the Mountain Grove house was passed by will to Benjamin's son,
George W. Harris.
The back of the Mountain Grove dwelling.
A front view of the rennovated Mountain Grove dwelling, ca. 1980.
In 2000, Elizabeth Buet purchased the Mountain Grove property from its previous owner, MaryBess McCray Johnson.
Elizabeth Buet sold Mountain Grove to the Mountain Grove Historic Properties LLC in January 2016, and this LLC still owns this house and its
accompanying 77.62 acres in 2018
Mountain Grove is located at 7375 Secretary's Sand Road in Schuyler, Virginia. The Harris Family
Cemetery sits at the intersection of Old Sand Road and Irish Road (SR6).
Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Maxwell Johnson for his research and photographs on this Esmont
1) Hallock, Jennifer; Gardiner Hallock & Kristie Baynard. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Southern Albemarle
Rural Historic District. February 2007; Section 7, p. 135.
2) Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (May 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Esmont" (PDF).
3) Mountain Grove. University of Virginia Library, 1803; https://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:83437.
4) Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 002-0095 Mountain Grove; https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/historic-registers/002-0095/
5) National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, 9/8/1980, Mountain Grove; U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
6) Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 002-0095 Mountain Grove, 1980 Final Nomination Form;
7) http://gisweb.albemarle.org/gisweb/AdvancedSearch.aspx, Mountain Grove; Parcel ID: 11900-00-00-05600.
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Top Image Located On: Library of Congress, LC_DIG_csas_04157
Middle Image Located On: University of Virginia Library, Mountain Grove_83437 ; see http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:83437 .
Bottom Image Located On: Photo: 002-0095 Mountain Grove. Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 05/20/1980. See: https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/historic-registers/002-0095/ .