Willowdale (Painter, Virginia)

Willowdale, also known as Smith Place, Gunther Farm, and Willow Dale, is a historic home located at Painter, Accomack County, Virginia. It is a two-story, five-bay, gambrel roofed, frame dwelling with brick ends. There is a two-bay, single story extension that provides service from a 1 1/2-story kitchen with a large brick cooking fireplace at the south end. The wing dates to the early-19th century. The main block is an expansion of a 17th-century patent house of 1 1/2-stories that now forms the parlor at the north end of the main block. The house is representative of the vernacular "big house, little house, colonnade, kitchen" style that was common in colonial homes on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Also on the property are the contributing ruins of a barn. Willowdale is one of the few remaining examples of the dwelling of an early colonial settler, landowner and farmer. The Smith family remained owners of Willowdale from 1666 until 2018.[3]

Willowdale (Painter, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Willowdale (Painter, Virginia)
Willowdale (Painter, Virginia) is located in the United States
Willowdale (Painter, Virginia)
Location18412 Willowdale Dr., Painter, Virginia
Coordinates37°33′38″N 75°45′53″W / 37.56056°N 75.76472°W / 37.56056; -75.76472Coordinates: 37°33′38″N 75°45′53″W / 37.56056°N 75.76472°W / 37.56056; -75.76472
Area16 acres (6.5 ha)
Built1666 (1666)
Built bySmith, John; et.al
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference No.07000401[1]
VLR No.001-0062
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 2, 2007
Designated VLRSeptember 6, 2006[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  3. ^ Catherine R. Harrison (June 2006). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Willowdale" (PDF). Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying four photos