Woodberry Forest in Louisa County, Virginia was built in ca.1793. It was originally the estate of William Madison, member of the Virginia House of Delegates for seven consecutive terms and brother of President James Madison. In 1793 James Madison asked Thomas Jefferson to supply plans for a house for his brother. Jefferson, a close friend of the president, suggested a floor plan for a seven-room house in a geometric configuration that is a hallmark of Jefferson's residential design. James Madison later wrote to Jefferson saying that William had adopted the plans. No Jefferson drawings have been positively identified as the Madison design, but the correspondence authenticates the Jefferson connection. The original, unacademic two-column portico suggests, however, that Jefferson was not involved in the execution.
In 1870 the property was purchased by Robert Stringfellow Walker, who remodeled the house in 1884. It was here that Walker founded Woodberry Forest School in 1889, naming it after the Madison plantation. The house was renamed the Residence and became the headmaster's house.
The folder includes a copy of a chapter on Woodberry Forest from "Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia," edited by Frances Archer Christian and Susanne Williams Massie and a copy of the National Park Service's "Journey Through Hallowed Ground" online description of The Residence.