Col John Jordan

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Colonel John Jordan (1777-1854) - Jordan is a well-known historical figure in the region, and the subject of numerous poorly substantiated and often conflicting legends. He was born in Goochland County, Virginia, and lived in Halifax County before establishing himself in the town of Lexington in 1796 (some sources say 1802 or 1803). A vastly resourceful man, he excelled in the businesses and industries of architecture and building construction, iron smelting, gristmills, blacksmithing, and cotton and woolen textile manufacturing. Some written histories credit him with involvement in the construction of nearly every important building built in or around Lexington during his long, successful career. - NRHP Registration

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Partner Jordan and Darst



Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect Lexington Historic District Lexington
Architect Springdale Lexington
1777/00/00 Frances Jordan, wife of Capt Samuel Jordan, gives birth to a son, John Jordan, in Goochland County, Virginia. Born
1805/00/00 Jordan works as a brickmason at Monticello circa 1805-1806 Work Monticello Charlottesville, VA
1805/00/00 Builder Mulberry Hill Lexington
1818/00/00 John Jordan builds his own house, a three-part Palladian plan with eccentric proportions. Architect, Home Stono Lexington
1820/00/00 John Jordan constructs Balcony Falls section of James River and Kanawha Canal Builder James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District Richmond
1824/00/00 The Washington Building is built under the direction of John Jordan. Architect Washington and Lee University campus Lexington
1835/00/00 Architect Tankersley Tavern Lexington
1854/00/00 John Jordan dies in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. Died
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