Junius Marcellus Updyke Farm

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Updyke Farm consists of 362 acres in the mountainous Point Pleasant area of Bland County between the communities of Mechanicsburg and Bland Court House. The house was built circa 1910 for Junius Marcellus Updyke. Together the main house and associated outbuildings provide an outstanding example of early-20th-century vernacular domestic and agricultural architecture in Southwest Virginia. Character-defining features of the Junius Marcellus Updyke Farm include a full-length front porch supported by Ionic columns and pent roofs in the gable ends of the house,  and an unusual two-story smokehouse, as well as an intact collection of agricultural outbuildings.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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