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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

037-0078 Ben Dover

Ben Dover
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/17/1998

NRHP Listing Date 04/14/2000

NPS property number 00000311

Built in 1853 by William B. Standard, the original design of the Ben Dover is most associated with architect Richard Upjohns. Ben Dover’s most notable inhabitant, William T. Reed Sr., transformed the Italian Villa house into a 1920’s Colonial Revival mansion. Reed, a close advisor to Governor Harry Byrd, headed a committee formed to reassess the efficiency of Virginia state government in the 1920s. Reed played a major role in abolishing what was perceived as unnecessary bureaucracy, resulting in reduced taxes, a balanced budget, and a surplus. Charles Lindbergh landed his plane in a Ben Dover field during one of his many visits with Reed.


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

Updated April 4, 2018