A History of Singletonís Virginia Cross Tour Home

The Singleton home, built in 1859, is a Greek Revival home located in the older portion of Jefferson, close to the Jefferson Historic District, and an easy walk from downtown.

The house is an excellent example of early Texas Greek Revival architecture that was patterned after 18th Century Virginia houses of the cross plan, hence the sobriquet "Virginia Cross." There is not another house in Jefferson like the Virginia Cross.

The Virginia Cross is constructed of Cypress lumber and the exterior walls are covered with Cypress clapboards. All of the floors are original wide plank, heart pine floors. The Parlor and Central Hall are decorated with period wallpaper. This significant example of antebellum architecture is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded in the Historic American Building Survey in the Library of Congress.

The home is completely furnished with American empire and Renaissance Revival antique furniture and accessories in keeping with the 1860 to 1885 time period.

The Virginia Cross Home was one of the homes on the 2004 Annual Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes and on the 2006 Annual Jefferson Pilgrimage and Historic Home Tours.

All text and photos copyright 2006 by Weldon and Mary Nash.