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041-0089 Riverside

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VLR Listing Date 09/21/2017

NRHP Listing Date 02/13/2018

NRHP Reference Number SG100002134

Near the Dan River in Halifax County, Riverside evolved during building campaigns through the 19th century, likely beginning with a story-and-a-half frame dwelling, possibly from the late-18th-century. Acquired by planter Nathaniel Ragsdale and his wife, Ann Ragsdale, in 1809, Riverside expanded as the Ragsdales made Federal and Greek Revival additions to the house. These include, on the inside, a side wing with wainscots and baseboards and vibrant decorative painting, and a mantel inspired by William Pain’s pattern book The Practical House Carpenter. The property also includes a 19th-century smokehouse.

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

Updated: December 9, 2020