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Clifton is a 19th century structure in Albemarle County listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register. It was listed on the VLR on June 21, 1988 and the National Register of Historic Places on November 2, 1989. [1]

It is the home of the Clifton Inn.

Narrative from Virginia Landmarks Registry

"Clifton was the home of Thomas Mann Randolph (1768-1828), son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, who served as governor of Virginia and in the U.S. Congress. The original portion of the rambling, much-evolved structure in southern Albemarle County was built by Randolph in the first quarter of the 19th century to be the hub of the never-to-be port of North Milton. Randolph and several partners planned the town adjacent to the Milton Canal to support the agricultural and commercial development occurring in the area and to compete with the then-prosperous but now extinct community of Milton across the Rivanna. Originally Randolph’s warehouse, the house later became his residence. His office is an extant outbuilding. The house was considerably expanded by later owners and now serves as a country inn. The present portico replaces a 19th-century one-story veranda."

Narrative from National Register of Historic Places

"Clifton is a large, rambling two-story wood frame dwelling located on a seven-acre property off State Route 729 in eastern Albemarle County. Situated on a wooded bluff overlooking the Rivanna River, across from the extinct port village of Milton, the house is the only remaining evidence of Thomas Mann Randolph's plan to start the sister town of . ., North Milton. Built in the first quarter of the 19th-century, the original farmstead portion is at the center of later 19th- and 20th-century Colonial Revival-style additions and alterations. Today the house stands as one of Albemarle County's finest examples of early 20th-century domestic architecture, with a core unit and five-bay facade dating to the early 1800s. The property also includes a detailed brick office (ca. 1833-45); ruins of an early 19th-century springhouse; the shaft of a 19th-century stone-lined ice house; an early 20th-century chicken coop and an altered 1920s brick garage, all associated with Clifton's early history and modern renovations."[2]


  1. Web. 002-0155 Clifton, Virginia Landmarks Register, December 12, 2019, retrieved January 19, 2020.
  2. Web. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, United States Department of the Interior, 1989

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