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J.M. Updyke Farm, Bland County.

Occupying 362 acres in mountainous Bland County, the Updyke Farm features a main dwelling built circa 1910  for Junius Marcellus Updyke. With its main house and associated outbuildings, it exemplifies early-20th century vernacular domestic and agricultural architecture in southwest Virginia. Character-defining features of the house include a full-length front porch supported by columns and pent roofs in the gable ends; both the columns and pent roofs were atypical architectural elements for houses in Bland County at that time. The property also includes an unusual two-story smokehouse (also with pent roofs) and an intact collection of early 20th century agricultural outbuildings, as well as a family cemetery with four graves, the earliest dating to 1912.