Old Dunbar Quarters

I think these early spring photos of an old house and farm near Falmouth in Stafford County, Virginia, are charming. (Click them to see larger versions.)

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out anything about the property, which was called Old Dunbar Quarters when the photos were taken in the late 1920s.

The photos were taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston as part of the Carnegie Survey of the South (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division).

6 thoughts on “Old Dunbar Quarters

  1. This is Dunbar Kitchen which served Dunbar, no longer extant, and Carlton on the hill. Route 1 now separates the house on the hill and the small cottage, which still stands.

    Dunbar Kitchen or Cottage was painted by American artist Gari Melchers in the 1920s. Visit Gari Melchers Home and Studio’s Facebook page to see this painting. Frances Benjamin Johnson also documented the Falmouth estate, Belmont, where Gari Melchers and his wife lived.


  2. They just don’t make houses like they used to! Do you know the reason for the double doors in the front? Duplex?:)

    Looks like that photo was taken about this time of the year…seems something is blooming along the front path.

  3. Something very inviting about that little house. Perhaps less so if two families were living there together.

  4. My mother’s grandmother lived in The Dunbar Kitchen. My mother is currently 95 years old, but can give you a lot of history about the place. If you are interested, let me now and I can either arrange a phone conversation or answer through e-mails. – Nancy Williams

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