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037-0002 Bolling Hall

Bolling Hall
Photo credit: DHR, 1971

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VLR Listing Date 04/06/1971

NRHP Listing Date 12/27/1972

NRHP Reference Number 72001397

Organized education for the deaf in America had its origins around 1812 at this Goochland County plantation when Col. William Bolling (1777-1845) brought the Scottish teacher, John Braidwood, here to educate his two deaf children. Braidwood was a grandson of Thomas Braidwood, a famous teacher of the deaf. Braidwood’s success with the family children led Bolling to establish the nation’s first formal school for deaf children at Cobbs, an old family home in Chesterfield County. Bolling, one of the county’s leading citizens, also served as colonel in charge of Goochland County troops assisting in the defense of Norfolk in the War of 1812. Bolling Hall was built either for William Bolling or his father before 1799 on land that had been in the family since the early 18th century. It began as a side-passage dwelling and was later enlarged. The interior of Bolling Hall preserves original paneled fireplace walls.

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

Updated: July 7, 2021