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002-0140 Spring Hill

Spring Hill
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 04/19/1983

NRHP Listing Date 11/21/1983

NPS property number 83004232

Illustrating a distinct regional personality, this Federal-period farm complex is a blending of various Albemarle County vernacular building traditions. The brick portion was built in the late 18th century. The house evolved to its present irregular form through alterations and expansions beginning in the early 19th century with a two-story frame addition. The hilltop property includes a ca. 1765 original brick homestead later expanded to serve as quarters for farm workers. Also on the grounds are a dairy and a kitchen. Spring Hill’s owners have included Michael Woods (1737-1748), an early settler; Clifton Rodes, a county magistrate and brother-in-law of Jack Jouett; Thomas Wells, a trustee appointed in 1814 (with Thomas Jefferson) to oversee the founding of the Albemarle Academy; and Charles Harper, co-founder of Charlottesville’s first circulating library. Spring Hill was also the childhood home of architect Waddy B. Wood (1869-1944).


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

Updated August 6, 2018