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011-0032 Santillane

Santillane
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VLR Listing Date 01/15/1974

NRHP Listing Date 07/24/1974

NPS property number 74002107

This antebellum mansion occupies an elevated site just outside of Fincastle, making it one of the architectural highlights of the pastoral landscape around the county seat. The property was long owned by the Hancock family; however, the present imposing Greek Revival house was built in the 1830s for Henry Bowyer, formerly an officer in Washington’s army and clerk of the court of Botetourt County for forty-three years. The house is known for its finely crafted brickwork, lofty rooms, and an unusually wide stair hall. The tall portico, added in the 20th century, replaces an earlier porch. In recent years Santillane was the home of R. D. Stoner, also longtime clerk of the court and author of A Seed-Bed of the Republic (1962), a history of Botetourt County and Southwest Virginia.


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

Updated April 4, 2018