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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

043-0101 Edge Hill

Edge Hill
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VLR Listing Date 12/05/2007

NRHP Listing Date 03/27/2008

NPS property number 8000243

Edge Hill is the only surviving example in the county of a “raised cottage.” Constructed around 1852 by an unknown builder or architect, it sits high on a raised brick basement overlooking mature magnolia trees and open farmland. The house is also believed to be the first dwelling in the county to have water piped into it, by using force of gravity from a springhouse, remains of which still exist. During the Civil War, the Styll family, who may have constructed the house, had a portion of their land requisitioned for Richmond’s defensive line, though both they and the Kennedy family, who occupied it until the early 20th century, used the land for farming. While nearby developing neighborhoods are encroaching upon Edge Hill, the property’s immediate rural surroundings provide evidence of its once undeveloped setting.


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

Updated August 9, 2018