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004-0009 Dykeland

Dykeland
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VLR Listing Date 03/17/1987

NRHP Listing Date 05/08/1987

NPS property number 87000721

Dykeland has evolved through alteration and additions to reflect three distinct architectural styles: colonial, Federal, and country Italianate. The earliest section, an 18th-century cottage, was erected on land granted to the Rev. George Robertson, and according to tradition, stood a quarter of a mile north. It was moved and added to another former Robertson property know as Flat Creek Plantation. The house was enlarged ca. 1838 after its purchase by Lewis E. Harvie. The resulting two-story, three-bay section was further expanded in 1856-57 when Harvie added the Italianate wing and veranda. Harvie became president of the Richmond and Danville Railroad in 1856, an enterprise he helped establish in 1847. Harvie also represented Amelia County in the House of Delegates, and was an ardent secessionist in the Virginia State Convention of 1861. Dykeland’s 19th-century outbuildings including a kitchen, a smokehouse, and a dairy.


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

Updated August 16, 2018