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041-0024 Bloomsburg (Watkins House)

Bloomsburg (Watkins House)
Photo credit: Dan Pezzoni, 2017

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VLR Listing Date 06/15/2017

NRHP Listing Date 08/28/2017

NRHP Reference Number SG100001509

Located on a well-traveled Halifax County route that became Highway 58, Bloomsburg (Watkins House) is a finely detailed Greek Revival plantation house, among the first generation of such houses in Halifax County. It was built for merchant-planter Alexander Watkins in the late 1830s and/or 1840s. The compact two-story frame house features marble mantels, superb examples of decorative plaster cornices and ceiling medallions, and a stair with foliated ornament. Watkins operated a Bloomsburg Store on his property, which, family tradition holds, did considerable business with immigrants heading westward. The store no longer stands, but surviving buildings on the property include a mid-19th-century two-room brick kitchen, a brick carriage house, and other historic domestic and agricultural outbuildings.

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

Updated: December 10, 2021