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Fron tview of Edgehill
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Department of Historic Resources

In view of Monticello, Edgehill was the home of Thomas Jefferson Randolph, favorite grandson of Thomas Jefferson. The stately brick house was built for Randolph in 1828, his family having outgrown the 1799 frame house built for his father, Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr., husband of Jefferson's daughter Martha. The house was designed and constructed by the University of Virginia builders William B. Phillips and Malcolm F. Crawford, who continued the Jeffersonian style into the antebellum period. Specific Jeffersonian features are the Tuscan porch with Chinese lattice railing and the Tuscan entablatures. In 1829 Mrs.



Edgehill
Photograph from the National Register Collection, courtesy of Virginia Historic Landmark Commission

Thomas Jefferson Randolph opened a small school in the 1799 dwelling, which had been moved a short distance to make way for the present house. The school was continued by her daughters until 1896. The main house was gutted by fire in 1916, but was sympathetically rebuilt within the original walls.

Edgehill is located north of Shadwell on State Rte. 22 and just north of its intersection with I-64, over one mile west of Charlottesville. It is a private residence, and is not open to the public.

 

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