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044-0001 Beaver Creek Plantation

Beaver Creek Plantation
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VLR Listing Date 04/16/1985

NRHP Listing Date 05/09/1985

NPS property number 85000984

This spread-out wooden mansion stands on property that was part of Beaver Creek Plantation where Col. George Hairston built a brick residence in 1776. The colonial dwelling burned in 1839 and was replaced by the core of the present frame house by Hairston’s son Marshall Hariston. The new structure followed a standard two-story, five-bay format used by many of Virginia’s well-to-do landed families in the early 19th century. Its interior is trimmed with straightforward Greek Revival woodwork. Wings, a portico, and a veranda were added around 1900. The Hariston family, among the state’s largest landholders, accumulated great wealth as tobacco planters. At a time when most tobacco farmers owned around 100 acres, George Hairston by 1826 owned 143,000 acres. By 1900 the family still controlled some 60,000 acres. Beaver Creek Plantation, their core holding, formerly included about 1200 acres.


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

Updated April 4, 2018