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VLR Listing Date 07/02/1997
NRHP Listing Date 11/07/1997
NRHP Reference Number 97001406
Burrland Farm Historic District is an elaborate equestrian complex, important for its architectural character and its association with Virginia equine history. The greater part of the 30-building ensemble was completed between 1927- 1947. Distinguished American architect William Lawrence Bottomley designed the Colonial Revival buildings for successful horse breeder and owner, William Ziegler, Jr. Bottomley’s work includes impressive Colonial Revival houses lining Monument Avenue in Richmond. William Ziegler, Jr. bought the 274-acre tract in 1926 with the intention of creating a top-grade thoroughbred horse facility. Ziegler was the son of William Ziegler, Sr., the founder and president of Royal Baking Powder Company (later to become Standard Brand). Noted as having one of the best-equipped stables on the Atlantic Seaboard by 1930, Burrland Farm was home to Polydor, winner of 19 races, Goneaway, and Spinach who, as a 3-year-old, earned $105,000 with victories at the Potomac Handicap, Havre De Grace Cup, the Riggs Handicap, and the Latonia Championship. Today, Burrland Farm, located in the Little River Rural Historic District, in its excellent condition, represents one of Virginia’s finest-designed hunt-country horse farms.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: October 4, 2021