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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

002-0524 Estes Farm

Estes Farm
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VLR Listing Date 03/08/2006

NRHP Listing Date 05/17/2006

NPS property number 06000409

Located along the Blue Ridge, the 265-acre Estes Farm represents a 19th- through 20th-century farm complex. With a period of significance circa 1840 to 1956, its historic features include a log dwelling; a wood-frame main house; a large barn and small hay/tobacco barn; a corncrib; an icehouse/storage house; a kitchen/tenant house; a garage; a metal truss bridge; and family cemetery. Richard Durrett likely constructed the log house about 1840 before the Estes family purchased the land in 1846. The family built a new main dwelling, circa 1880, that utilizes Greek Revival and Italianate styles, reflecting the family’s increased status and prosperity in the post-Civil War decades—a trend in keeping with other farms in the county’s northwest, distinguishing them from farms struggling economically in eastern Albemarle. Although a two-story ell was added to the main structure in the mid-1970s, the main house retains a high level of integrity. Operating continuously for over 165 years as a farm, the property is associated with horse breeding at the time of its listing.


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

Updated October 16, 2018