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Hanshill, Amherst Co.:

Designed and constructed in 1925, Hanshill is an early Rustic Revival-style retreat home in Virginia’s Piedmont. Used as a seasonal lodge for the Suhling Family and guests for over 85 years, the building features custom-designed iron hardware, balustrades of sticks and logs, and stained vertical board and batten siding on the exterior and interior walls.
   From 1918 through 1922, Hanshill served as the first semi-permanent summer camp for the Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) of Lynchburg. Camp activities centered around Rough House, the original log cabin on the property. Camp Suhling was specifically geared towards members of the Y.W.C.A.’s “Industrial Girls” club, which aimed to provide fresh air, “middle-class values,” better working conditions, and a Christian environment to young employees of Lynchburg’s factories. Hanshill's period of significance ranges from 1910 to 1935, beginning with the purchase of the land by Johannes “Hans” Suhling and ending with the approximate year in which the final character-defining alterations or additions to the buildings on the property were made.