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042-5016 Montpelier Historic District

Montpelier Historic District
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2021

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/14/2001

NRHP Listing Date 05/16/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02000517

Montpelier Historic District is a linear settlement along Old Mountain Road in western Hanover County. The settlement grew from a colonial-era stagecoach stop at the Sycamore Tavern, the oldest building surviving in the district. By the early 20th century, Montpelier had become a thriving commercial village serving its agricultural base. By the 1930s, additional growth resulted from expanding prosperity gained from agricultural and timber resources. Buildings reflecting the district’s three centuries include houses, farm structures, stores, businesses, a church, a grange hall, and schools. These are still surrounded by farm and forest, which adds immeasurably to the ambience of the Montpelier Historic District. As more and more of Virginia’s small towns are irrevocably changed by flight from farms and blight from insensitive development, quiet hamlets like Montpelier become all the more treasured.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Updated: December 29, 2022