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042-0024 Oakland

Photo credit: DHR, 1997

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VLR Listing Date 02/19/1974

NRHP Listing Date 07/30/1974

NRHP Reference Number 74002123

Oakland was the birthplace and childhood home of Virginia author Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922). On this Hanover County plantation, Page absorbed the atmosphere and legends of Virginia that gave realism to his somewhat idealistic novels and short stories about the Old South. Among his most popular works is the children’s book Two Little Confederates. His major novel, Red Rock, depicts the southern view of Reconstruction. The original house, built by the Nelson family in 1812, was a typical Virginia vernacular dormered dwelling, enlarged several times. Nelson described it in Two Little Confederates as “not a handsome place” and having “as many wings as Ezekiel.” It burned in 1898, but Page had it immediately rebuilt in similar form on the original foundations. In addition to his literary activities, Page served with distinction as U.S. ambassador to Italy. At the end of the 20th century, Oakland was still owned by the Page family.

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

Updated: May 10, 2021