Last week, I drove up to Charlottesville for an overnight trip, and I stopped in Mineral, Louisa and Gordonsville.
In Louisa, I found the World’s Most Perfect Kentucky (an Aladdin kit home), and if that had been the only kit home I’d found during the trip, that would have made it all worthwhile, but then I went into Gordonsville and found the World’s Most Beautiful Arlington.
And that made my day even better.
As I was leaving town, I saw an old signal tower on the railroad tracks, and that really was the cherry on the top of my already delightful day.
I’ve seen a lot of towns, but Gordonsville fast became one of my favorite places. It’s small enough to be charming, rich in local history (including railroad history!), and just big enough to be interesting. If it just had a railroad museum, it’d be perfect.
God bless the local citizenry for saving that old signal towel.
Scroll down to see photos of the World’s Most Perfect Arlington.
To read about the World’s Most Perfect Kentucky in nearby Louisa, click here.
And to learn more about what makes Louisa so special, click here.
And look what I found in Mineral (Virginia)!
Most likely, the Sears Homes in Gordonsville came into town right here at the Gordonsville depot. Sadly, this building was torn down sometime in the 1970s or so. I'd be grateful to know an exact date. Just beyond the depot is the signal tower. I'd also be grateful to know how this survived the wrekcing ball. Photo is copyright 2010, C&O Historical Society and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.
What a thrill to find the signal tower is still standing!
The Sears Arlington was a classic Arts & Crafts bungalow (1919).
The Arlington, close up and personal.
Be still my heart! What a glorious, gorgeous example of a Sears Arlington!
And if you look down the side, you'll see it has the "stair step" windows. This Arlington truly is a perfect example, and a large part of the reason it's so perfect is that it retains its original siding and windows.
Take a look at the original casements on the Arlington.
My oh my, what a beautiful thing to see! It even has original WOODEN storms!!
And just down the road from the Arlington is what I suspect is a Sears Chelsea (1908).
Is this a Chelsea in Gordonsville? Tough to know for sure. My first impression is YES, but I'm just not 100% certain. I'd love to get inside this house and do a more thorough inspection.
A sneak peak of the beautiful Kentucky I found in Louisa.
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