William D. Haden built Pleasant Grove just west of the town of Palmyra in 1854. His family first settled in Fluvanna County in the 1760s and Pleasant Grove was home to succeeding generations. Haden constructed the two-story brick house when the Greek Revival was in full swing in Virginia, but the imposing structure is unusually conservative in its architectural detailing and seems to mimic the building practices of at least a quarter century before. These features include a mousetooth cornice, architrave moldings, and a delicate stair with paneled spandrel. The outdoor kitchen with its robust chimney and worn siding, albeit much patched through the years, is a picturesque specimen, all the more so thanks to a simple delicate colonnade connecting it to the main house. A simple frame smokehouse is the only other outbuilding. The Haden family cemetery is also located there.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark