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030-0283 Mt. Bleak (Sky Meadows State Park)

Mt. Bleak (Sky Meadows State Park)
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VLR Listing Date 03/17/2004

NRHP Listing Date 05/24/2004

NPS property number 04000552

Sky Meadows State Park, situated partially within the Crooked Run Valley Rural Historic District, is significant for architecture and agriculture between 1780 and 1954. In continuous use for nearly 175 years, the four major farms compromising the park were considered some of the best producers in the valley.The park includes the stone Federal-style Mount Bleak house built in 1843 for merchant Abner H. Settle. The five-bay facade conveys formality, while the asymmetrical rear elevation with an unusual Dutch door to the dining room displays vernacular influences. At the park’s entrance, the one-and-one-half-story, three-bay-wide Wayside Cottage, built about 1780, typifies the colonial Virginia hall-and-chamber house form. Thirteen well-preserved agricultural buildings in the park date from the antebellum period through World War II. The earliest is the 1843 carriage- and corn-house near the northwest dooryard at Mount Bleak.


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

Updated October 18, 2018