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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

019-0029 Roanoke Plantation

Roanoke Plantation
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VLR Listing Date 09/19/1972

NRHP Listing Date 04/11/1973

NPS property number 73002002

Few men have been as closely identified with a place as John Randolph has with his Roanoke plantation. So attached was he to this large tract with its hilly pastures and rich bottomlands that he came to be styled John Randolph of Roanoke. A brilliant orator, Randolph used his talent in becoming a leading member of the House of Representatives and later the U.S. Senate where he opposed any challenge to the vested interests of the South, especially slavery. Randolph lived simply at Roanoke; his house was hardly more than a cottage. With its outbuildings, the place looked more like a rustic village than the grandiose seats of the South he championed. Although the acreage has been reduced and the original dwelling house destroyed, the plantation still evokes the presence of this colorful planter-statesman.


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

Updated April 4, 2018