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001-0274 Captain Timothy Hill House

Captain Timothy Hill House
Photo credit: Louisa Flaningam, Paul Brzozowski, 2017

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VLR Listing Date 06/16/2011

NRHP Listing Date 08/22/2011

NRHP Reference Number 11000547

The Captain Timothy Hill House, in Accomack County, was built around 1800 on Chincoteague Island. Oral history has it that Captain Hill, who died in 1859, made Chincoteague his home after he shipwrecked on nearby Assateague Island. An Accomack County deed records his purchase of thirty acres for $133 on Chincoteague Island on April 22, 1822. The modest dwelling is a rare example today of log-plank construction and retains its original pit-sawn and hewn pine planks with full dovetail joints. Carved into the exterior of the house in simple outlines are the depictions of more than thirty 19th-century sailing vessels, including schooners and sloops, accurately rendered in detail and proportion. In addition to possibly being the oldest remaining dwelling on Chincoteague, the Hill House is one of the few houses standing in Virginia that at one time had a wooden chimney. A historically accurate recreation of the wooden chimney was included in a rehabilitation of the Captain Timothy Hill House that was completed in 2017.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: February 4, 2022