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035-0412 Greater Newport Rural Historic District

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

VLR Listing Date 03/15/2000

NRHP Listing Date 12/14/2000

NPS property number 00000489

Greater Newport Rural Historic District includes 21,000 acres of land defined by mountain ridges and beautiful valley tributaries of the New River. First settled in the late 1700s, in the 19th century the district produced agricultural goods supplemented by mid-century artisan manufacturing in the village of Newport and the establishment of a resort at Mountain Lake. After Union General George Crook’s march through the district following the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain in May 1864, the district recovered to sustain commercial centers at Goodwins Ferry on the New River and in Newport. The Dowdy Iron Furnace operated in Sinking Creek east of Newport in the 1870s. Twentieth century developments featured Depression era· improvements at Mountain Lake Resort, construction of the University of Virginia Mountain lake Biological Station, and establishment of the Newport Agricultural Fair. Though subject to recent residential construction for commuters to Virginia Tech and other places of employment along the New River, the district largely retains its rural character and integrity of setting.


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

Updated October 14, 2018