The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829

The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829 (HM13V7)

Location: Lexington, VA 24450
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.13', W 79° 26.482'

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Historic Lexington

This house is a fine example of the Valley Federal style with elegant detailing including the fanlight over the front door and a molded brick cornice. When the streets were lowered in 1851, the entrance was reoriented to the side. The Ruff Family had a hat factory next door in the early 1800s, but used this house as a showroom and living space. In 1850 John Ruff deeded the property to his son, Jacob Ruff, with permission to build a future house between the two properties. That may explain the curious cantilevered chimney on the north side of the building. If the house had been built, it could have shared this chimney. At the invitation of Jacob Ruff, then mayor, U.S. President Millard Fillmore visited this house in 1851. Mr. and Mrs. G. Otis Meade III purchased the property from Historic Lexington Foundation in 1974 and carefully restored and adapted it for use as a real estate office. (Photo ca. 1925)
HM NumberHM13V7
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 637245 N 4183160
Decimal Degrees37.78550000, -79.44136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.13', W 79° 26.482'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 7.80" N, 79° 26' 28.92" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 37-99 US-11 BUS, Lexington VA 24450, US
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