Grassdale Farm

VLR Listing Date


NRHP Listing Date


NRHP Reference Number


Grassdale Farm, located in the southwest Henry County community of Spencer, is notable for its many surviving 19th- and early-20th-century structures. They include the stylish plantation house and numerous dependencies, especially a log slave dwelling and early detached kitchen, as well as agricultural and commercial buildings. The farm began as a tobacco plantation owned by David Harrison Spencer (1814-1896), and later became the center of a large-scale plug tobacco manufacturing operation from about 1860 through the end of the 19th century. Spencer, who also owned the local store, post office, mill, and blacksmith shop, built the two-story frame main house of Greek Revival and Italianate character during the late antebellum period. Later improvements to the house on Grassdale Farm are also evident.

Last Updated: June 9, 2024

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

For additional information Read

Nomination Form


John Redd Smith Elementary School

Henry (County)


The Highlands

Henry (County)


Virginia Home

Henry (County)