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033-0003 Burwell-Holland House

Burwell-Holland House
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2015

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/14/1998

NRHP Listing Date 06/06/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02000624

The Burwell-Holland House in Franklin County was built in 1798 as the home of Colonel Lewis Burwell, originally of Mecklenburg County and the James River plantation family of Kingsmill. Once part of a 3,000-acre tobacco plantation, the nominated 26-acre parcel remains a working tobacco and dairy farm in the rural community of Glade Hill. Eight 19th- and 20th-century outbuildings, including a log blacksmith shop and smokehouse, surround the original two-story, four-room, center-passage-plan, Federal-style house. The house exemplifies the type of dwelling built by large Tidewater plantation owners during westward expansion of land grant holdings after the Revolutionary War. Burwell served as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, as the first congressman from Franklin County, as a personal secretary to Thomas Jefferson, and as a trustee to supervise the establishment of the new courthouse town of Rocky Mount (then Mount Pleasant). In 1850, Burwell’s neighbor Thomas J. Holland purchased the property. The Holland family, which still occupied the Burwell-Holland House at the time of its listing, renovated and made additions to it in 1976.

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

Updated: October 11, 2022