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037-0076 Oak Grove

Oak Grove
Photo credit: Nancy Kraus, 2008

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VLR Listing Date 06/18/2009

NRHP Listing Date 09/16/2009

NRHP Reference Number 9000727

Consisting of six acres, located near the village of Manakin in eastern Goochland County, Oak Grove is a well-maintained example of an antebellum planter’s dwelling that once included a 240-acre plantation. Constructed in three phases—circa 1820 and 1850, and completed in 1866—Oak Grove is a simple I-house form with Greek and Gothic Revival elements. The property also includes a well-preserved complex of historic buildings featuring a circa-1820 meat house, a circular well, the stone foundations of at least two other antebellum dependencies, and a circa-1935 barn. Oak Grove is notable for its association with Edwin DuVal, a successful farmer and developer of commerce and industry in the Manakin-Sabot area during the second half of the 19th century. A prosperous businessman, DuVal had a hand in various enterprises including the Dover Coal Mining Company, the Dover Pits, the Norwood mines, the Dover Mills, the Manakin Ferry, and the Manakin Nail Works. Oak Grove and its surroundings have changed little since the period of DuVal’s ownership.

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

Updated: July 7, 2021