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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

023-5023 Signal Hill

Signal Hill
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/10/1998

NRHP Listing Date 01/21/1999

NPS property number 98001650

Signal Hill, built around 1900, was originally known as Mount Castle. The large, two-story brick farmhouse was the home of John R. Duncan, a prominent Culpeper County dairyman and horse breeder. Situated on 40 acres of farmland, the house and outbuildings exemplify Culpeper County’s agricultural heritage of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period in which the small family farm gradually transformed into the modern paradigm of mechanization. The house is one of the county’s finest examples of turn-of-the- century domestic architecture. Its late Victorian character and design illustrates an era when railroads, modern sawmills, architectural and millwork catalogs, and a booming timber industry made a broad range of excellent domestic designs available to builders in rural and urban areas.


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

Updated August 7, 2018