Mt. Atlas is a historic home in Prince William County, Virginia, located near the community of Haymarket. Built in 1795, the home serves as one of the best, most unaltered examples of Georgian domestic architectural style in Prince William County. On December 13th, 1988, it was designated on the Virginia Landmark Register, and on October 30th, 1989, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. As of 2007, the property seemed to be abandoned and in poor condition.
In 1795, Peter B. Whiting built Mt. Atlas on a hill overlooking
the Blue Ridge Mountains. After building the home, Whiting sold it in 1801 to Charles
Carter and his wife, Ann Carter. When he died in 1807, a property dispute broke
out between Ann and her son, John Hill. John won out in the dispute, and at a
later date, he sold the property to John and Henry Tyler. The property was
obtained by Willis Foley in 1835, and it would stay in the Foley Family throughout
the rest of the nineteenth century. Foley and his wife Nancy lived on the
property and had eleven children. When Foley died in 1863, the land was split
into eight lots, and the home and 46 acres were given to their daughter
In 1894, the property was willed to Mildred Smith, the niece
of Elizabeth, and in 1900, she sold the land to R. B. Gossom. Gossom created a
number of changes for the home during his ownership of the property, and in
1952, it was purchased by Barton and Pauline Padgett. The Padgetts lived in Mt.
Atlas until 1974, at which point the home had begun to show a significant
amount of structural issues with the home. On December 13th, 1988, it
was designated on the Virginia Landmark Register, and on October 30th,
1989, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. As of 2007, the
property seemed to be abandoned and in poor condition.