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033-0128 Brooks-Brown House

Brooks-Brown House
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VLR Listing Date 08/15/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/02/1989

NPS property number 89001930

The earliest portion of this galleried frame house was built in the 1830s and was later expanded with several additions. Its original occupant was Andrew Brooks, a Franklin County farmer who served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1843 to 1863. The property was later acquired by Brooks’s brother-in-law, William A. Brown, one of the county’s leading tobacco farmers and manufacturers. Brown established a tobacco factory adjacent to the house around 1870. During the last two decades of the 19th century the house also functioned as a stagecoach stop known as the Halfway House, a name assigned because of the property’s location midway between Danville and Roanoke. A detached building on the property served as an office and later as a county polling station; its kitchen/dining room walls preserve rare 19th century graffiti.


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

Updated April 4, 2018