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035-0151 Newport Historic District

Newport Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/08/1993

NRHP Listing Date 02/25/1994

NPS property number 94000059

Tucked in the narrow valley of Greenbriar Branch, at the base of Gap Mountain, the village of Newport began in the 1830s as a transportation crossroads and regional commercial center along the Cumberland Gap Turnpike. Development focused around a small industrial center consisting of a tanyard, oil mill, grist mill, and blacksmith shop. Newport also became an overnight stop for travelers along their way to area mineral springs. The establishment of the Newport Woolen Mill and the nearby Sinking Creek Furnace in the 1870s led to much new construction. Today the village consists of approximately sixty-six structures or which fifty-three are significant to its historic character. Most of the buildings are frame, free-standing dwellings or stores with decorative wooden trim. Many structures were built after 1902, when a fire destroyed most of the buildings in the heart of the community.


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

Updated April 4, 2018