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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

019-0006 Gravel Hill

Gravel Hill
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/06/2000

NRHP Listing Date 02/16/2001

NPS property number 01000150

Gravel Hill is one of several houses built in the area by the Dabbs & Thomas firm of Richmond in the 1840s. George C. Hannah’s mansion looks quite familiar, but, on closer inspection, has a number of unusual features from the Greek Revival style: a fully articulated, but idiosyncratic, Doric portico, vertically connected paired windows, diamond-paned door cases, two dissimilar stairs, and a plan of unlikely originality. A large 1914 addition was crafted with equally self-assured bravura. An earlier structure is included in the rear wing. On the property are imposing old trees, a rustic log guesthouse, a well-preserved smokehouse, an important barn, and the remains of an elaborate early 20th-century formal garden.


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

Updated April 4, 2018