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While no tours are currently being held in the Abell-Gleason Home, the interior floor plan has remained largely unchanged. The first floor includes a grand staircase. Modern plumbing and electrical wiring was added in the 1940's, this included the addition of bathrooms. This change did not effect the exterior of the home. Also found on the grounds is a four room servants quarters.
The home sits on a tract of land that was originally acquired in 1755. The majority of the owners of the home used the property as a single-family residence. This changed in the 1940's when the home was purchased by J. Emmet Gleason, the mayor of Charlottesville. The Gleasons allowed the home to be used for events as requested by the community. In 1974, the Gleasons sold the house. It has been used privately since.
SourcesK. Edward Lay The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Ablemarle County (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 2000). 15, 179, 195.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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