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Exterior view of Enderly. Reproduced from WikiMedia Commons.

Enderly is one of Charlottesville's individually protected properties, meaning any exterior changes or potential demolition would have to be approved by the Board of Architectural Review. The house is located at 603 Watson Avenue. [1]


The house was originally built in 1859-1860 as a two-story, three bay, Greek Revival style brick dwelling. In the twentieth century, its original one-story rear wing was expanded to two stories, with the original portico also being replaced by a single-story Colonial Revival front porch. Additionally, the kitchen was expanded around the time of World War I.

In 1982, the house was listed on the National Register for Historic Places. In 1986, an additional first floor BR suite was added to the house.

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In January 1859, a deed of gift was executed by James M. Morris and William Morris to William J. Robertson, in trust for their sister Nancy Watson "Nannie" (Morris) Gordon, wife of William F. Gordon, Jr.

Historic Marker Inscription


Built ca. 1859 in the Greek Revival style. Enderly was the home of William Fitzhugh Gordon Jr. during the 1860s. Gordon served as clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1859 to 1865. He was temporary secretary of the convention that met in Richmond in 1861 to debate Virginia's secession from the Union. As a special emissary of the convention, he delivered a copy of the Ordinance of Secession to Confederate Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Alabama. From 1861 to 1862, Gordon was a private in the 19th Virginia Infantry. He represented Louisa County in the House of Delegates (1875-1877).

Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-42.)


  1. Web. List of Individually Protected Properties, City of Charlottesville, retrieved November 19, 2021.
  2. Web. Enderly, Locust Grove in Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic), THE HISTORICAL MARKER DATABASE, Last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones, retrieved April 7, 2023.

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