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002-1832 Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District

Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District
Photo date: 2011

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/21/1991

NRHP Listing Date 02/27/1992

NRHP Reference Number 92000054

Extending through northeast Albemarle County from the Orange County line to the outskirts of the city of Charlottesville, with the Southwest Mountains forming its spine, the 31,000-acre Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District includes some of the Piedmont’s most pristine and scenic countryside. Characterized by undulating pastures, winding roadways, forested hills, and small hamlets, the district contains a broad range of 18th-, 19th-, and early-20th-century rural architecture, reflecting the evolving cultural patterns of nearly three centuries of settlement. Although known primarily for historic estates with fine dwellings such as Castle Hill, Cobham Park, and Cloverfields, many of the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District’s structures are the products of a continuous vernacular building tradition. Several African American settlements also lie in the area. Scattered throughout the district is a remarkable range of farm buildings including early barns, granaries, corncribs, stables, and sheds. A strong sense of community pride has enabled the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District to protect its pastoral character from suburban development.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Updated: December 24, 2022