A.P. Hill Boyhood Home c. 1770
- 102 N. Main Street, NW corner of Main and Davis Streets
Culpeper, Virginia 22701
Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill (1825-1865), son of a prominent
Culpeper planter and merchant, lived in the original portion of this house
from age 4 until he entered the U.S. Military Academy at age 16. Named
for an uncle and small in stature, Ambrose was known by the citizens of
Culpeper as “Little Powell” Hill. The 1847 West Point graduate served
in the Mexican War and the Seminole uprisings in Florida, and was killed on
April 2, 1865 as Petersburg fell. Subsequent owners enlarged the plain
Federal town house into the present Italianate-style building, expanding its
depth and adding the third story, heavy bracketed cornice, and cupola.
Later altered for commercial use, the building, situated on one of the town's
main intersections, remains a dominant architectural element in downtown
Culpeper. On the building’s second floor, there is a more comprehensive
history of the building courtesy of the Museum of Culpeper History.