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002-0847 Wavertree Hall Farm

Wavertree Hall Farm
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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1991

NRHP Listing Date 07/09/1991

NPS property number 91000886

The architecture of this country house spans nearly 150 years and reflects several different periods of ownership. The 1859 core is a well-preserved mix of Greek Revival and early Italianate forms. Dominating the composition is a pedimented portico with paired columns. Brick wings with elaborate Adam-style mantels were added around 1913 by Quincy Adams Shaw II, brother-in-law of Nancy Langhorne, later Lady Astor. The rear wing, gardens, and most of the agricultural and service buildings date from the ownership of Col. Herman Danforth Newcomb, a native of Kentucky, who transformed Wavertree Hall Farm into one of the county’s best known equestrian estates. The various outbuildings and farm buildings mostly date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. An oddity of the garden is a ca. 1913 underground stone room built into one of the garden terraces and likely intended for entertainment.


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

Updated August 13, 2018