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The original house is essentially intact. An octagonal addition (study) was added ca. 1870. Some details have been lost (e.g. cast iron filigree ornaments from window hoods), and several original panes have been engraved with initials by early occupants.
Westmerton is important as a self-designed home in a style unusual in this area. It is also important as the house in which Stonewall Jackson's wife took refuge during the last years of the Civil War (she was kin to Dabney's wife). Dabney wrote an authorized biography of Jackson, and that manuscript was kept hidden in the house during the War.
Brinkley, John L. On This Hill: A Narrative History of Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney, VA: Hampden-Sydney College, 1994.
Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Hampden-Sydney College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1970.