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037-0009 Elk Hill

Elk Hill
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 1991

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VLR Listing Date 10/17/1978

NRHP Listing Date 02/02/1979

NRHP Reference Number 79003042

The forthright Greek Revival mansion at Elk Hill illustrates a sophistication in its proportions, plan, and interior woodwork comparable to that of Richmond town houses of the period. The Goochland County house was built between 1835 and 1839 for Randolph Harrison, Jr., on a portion of land formerly owned by Thomas Jefferson, which he acquired from his wife. Like the finer urban dwellings of nearby Richmond, Elk Hill has a spacious rear veranda rather than the monumental front portico more typical of the Greek Revival houses of the Deep South. The principal rooms are enriched with elaborate doorways with Greek fret friezes. In 1943, Elk Hill became the country home of S. Buford Scott, a Richmond stockbroker. The house went on to be used as the administrative offices of Elk Hill Farm, a private, non-profit school for at-risk young men, established in 1970.

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

Updated: December 21, 2021